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Quick lineout goes horribly wrong for Ospreys' Rhys Webb

By Ian Cameron
Rhys Webb throws a risky pass and Ospreys pay the price.

In a nightmare moment for Wales international Rhys Webb, Ospreys handed Saracens five easy points after a quick lineout back-fired with disastrous results for the Welsh side at the StoneX.

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With just 11 minutes left on the clock in the Ospreys Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 clash with Saracens and with the Welsh region trailing by just three points, scrumhalf Webb opted for a risky throw-in to catch their opponents off-guard.

The quickly hatched plan backfired spectacularly however, as Duncan Taylor, who had just come on as a substitute, read the throw perfectly and snatched the ball out of the air. Taylor then dashed towards the try line, scoring a try that all but sealed the victory for the home side.

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The Ospreys were left stunned and reeling from the costly mistake, which effectively ended their hopes of advancing in the competition.

Sure enough Saracens scored again through Tom Woolstencroft, a try which was converted by England ace Owen Farrell, which was enough to see the home side advance to the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals on a 35-20 scoreline.

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William 12 minutes ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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