Heineken Cup - Ospreys angered by late decision

Eurosport - Sun, 11 Apr 14:28:00 2010

The Ospreys revealed their displeasure at Irish official George Clancy following their slender Heineken Cup defeat to Biarritz.

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Mike Phillips controversially saw his pass knocked on by opposing scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili with the scores at 29-28 in the dying seconds in San Sebastian and Ospreys skipper Ryan Jones reckons Clancy should have awarded his men a potential match-winning penalty at the Estadio Anoeta.

Jones claimed: 'He (Clancy) said it was a penalty but there was no time. It's not football and I don't want to criticise the referee but we all saw that it was a deliberate knock-on. I can only tell you what he said to me."

The Ospreys, who outscored their opponents by three tries to two through Jones, Lee Byrne and Nikki Walker, then decided to go for a long-range Dan Biggar drop goal with time against them.

But Biggar, who missed five kicks at goal in the Basque country, saw his effort fall short as Biarritz surged into the semi-finals for the first time since 2006.

But the visitors admitted they felt hard done by following a gutsy display in northern Spain.

Ospreys head coach Sean Holley said: "I will certainly ask him (Clancy). It's a tough call that has to be made at the end but I have had another look at the incident and it looks like a penalty offence to me."

It is the third successive season that the Ospreys have exited Europe's premier competition at the last-eight stage but they will regret this opportunity after spurning a number of gilt-edged chances during the compelling tie.

And Holley added: "We have to start believing and realising the potential of the side. We have great players but we are a bloody good team. We're not a team of individuals. We made a lot of opportunities in the first half, James Hook was outstanding and Mike Phillips really stepped up to the plate."

"We made a lot of breaks with some great attacking play and showed plenty of endeavour but we just lacked a clinical edge."


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