Treviso 27-32 Ospreys, RaboDirect PRO12, September 17
Ospreys battle past Treviso
September 17, 2011
Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar was the central figure in Saturday's game in northern Italy
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The Ospreys survived a late Treviso onslaught to escape from the Stadio Comunale di Monigo on Saturday with a 32-27 victory over their Italian hosts.
The Welsh region appeared to be cruising towards victory when fly-half Dan Biggar slotted a drop goal to move his side 11 points clear with just 14 minutes to play. However, after Treviso replacement Willem De Waal had slotted a penalty, Biggar was then yellow carded, meaning the Ospreys would have play the remaining seven minutes with just 14 men.
They appeared in trouble when De Waal drew the home side to within two points with three penalties but Kristian Phillips, on as a replacement to fill the void left by the sin-binned Biggar, slotted a penalty in the dying seconds to ensure victory for the visitors.
It was a fine win for the Ospreys, given that they had found themselves 18-9 down towards the end of the first half following tries for the home side from Luca Morisi and Bian Vermaak. However, winger Thomas Isaacs crossed for a timely try just before the break and the Ospreys edged ahead when Justin Tipuric dotted two minutes into the second period.
Biggar then slotted a penalty - his fourth of the game - and a drop goal to move them into a commanding 29-18 up and while his sin-binning did offer Treviso a route back into the game they were forced to settle for a losing bonus point.
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