Leinster continued their excellent run of recent form with a gritty 13-8 victory over the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on Friday evening…Michael Cheika Post Match Reaction…

Speaking after the game, Leinster Coach Michael Cheika said: "We played better at the start of the second half with a bit more shape and better continuity and we dominated territory from there.

"We knew that we weren’t playing very well in the first half. I didn’t have to say anything to the guys at half-time because there’s a real commitment in the squad to retain our title. We knew that these two games in Wales would be pivotal, and to win in Wales is no easy feat.

Sonny Parker gave the hosts a first-half lead before Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy charged over when the Ospreys were without sin-binned Filo Tiatia after excellent work from Felipe Contepomi.

Contepomi added the conversion to his two penalties to seal victory. 

*Isa Nacewa was stretchered off in the first-half with a knee injury. Chris Whitaker and Sean O’Brien came through unscathed, while It is hoped that both Leo Cullen and CJ van der Linde will be in contention for selection for the Ulster match on March 29th.

OSPREYS:

15: Gareth Owen
14: Jonny Vaughton
13: Sonny Parker
12: Andrew Bishop
11: Kristian Phillips
10: Dan Biggar
9: Jamie Nutbrown

1: Paul James CAPTAIN
2: Ed Shervington
3: Cai Griffiths
4: Filipo Levi
5: Andy Lloyd
6: Tom Smith
7: Marty Holah
8: Filo Tiatia

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Marc Breeze
17: Craig Mitchell
18: Rory Pitman
19: Steve Tandy
20: Rhodri Wells
21: Jonathan Spratt
22: David Bishop

LEINSTER:

15: Girvan Dempsey
14: Shane Horgan
13: Fergus McFadden (Jonathan Sexton, 47)
12: Gordon D’Arcy
11: Isa Nacewa (Simon Keogh, 25)
10: Felipe Contepomi
9: Paul O’Donohoe (Chris Whitaker, 47)

1: Cian Healy
2: Bernard Jackman (Brian Blaney, 49)
3: Stan Wright
4: Trevor Hogan (Devin Toner, 60)
5: Malcolm O’Kelly
6: Cameron Jowitt (Sean O’Brien, half-time)
7: Shane Jennings CAPTAIN
8: Rocky Elsom

REPLACEMENT NOT USED: Stephen Knoop

REFEREE: Peter Fitzgibbon (IRFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Tim Hayes (WRU), Hugh Watkins (WRU), TMO: Nigel Whitehouse (WRU)