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Giles gives Pivac a selection nudge in Ospreys' win over Glasgow

By PA
(Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Keelan Giles scored a pair of tries as the Ospreys registered a 32-17 bonus-point victory over Glasgow in Swansea – their first win of the season. The speedy winger had another ruled out by the TMO for a knock-on but still took his try tally this season to four to give Wales head coach Wayne Pivac a nudge ahead of the Autumn Nations Series.

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Both sides were forced into making changes to their back rows in the opening twelve minutes as the Ospreys lost Ethan Roots to a head knock and the Warriors saw their own number eight, Jack Dempsey, leave with a rib problem.

The Ospreys conceded a penalty at their own scrum five metres out from the Glasgow line to squander a scoring opportunity and then had a try by Giles ruled out for a knock-on earlier in the move. The TMO next gave the seal of approval to a great finish from Giles in the left corner after Glasgow had been guilty of conceding back-to-back penalties that forced them to defend two lineouts.

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The Ospreys were held up from the first, but when the ball went wide to Giles he skipped outside one defender and dived under two others to score a try that Gareth Anscombe converted off the touchline, bringing the first points of the game in the 29th minute.

Glasgow thought they had scored seven minutes later after a brilliant burst out of defence by full-back Cole Forbes paved the way for Sam Johnson to cross at the posts. This time a knock-on by Scott Cummings earlier in the move forced the TMO to rule it out.

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Glasgow then conceded a penalty which Anscombe kicked to make it 10-0. On the stroke of half-time, Tom Jordan opened the visitors’ account with his own three-pointer to reduce the arrears at the interval. After the break, Giles chased a Webb kick into the 22 from his own ten-metre line and snatched the ball out of the last defender’s hands to score at the posts.

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Jack Walsh, who moments earlier had replaced the injured Anscombe, added the extras. George North and Reuben Morgan-Williams then added two more tries before the end, one of which Walsh improved, to make it a bonus-point triumph.

Glasgow scored consolation tries in the final two minutes through Oli Kebble and Tom Gordon, both of which were converted by Domingo Miotti.

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