Wales star Gavin Henson scored a match-winning 24 points as the Ospreys beat Edinburgh and clinched the Celtic League trophy at the Gnoll on Saturday night. Henson opened the scoring with three penalty goals as the Ospreys dominated the first quarter, and fans were celebrating early as a brave Edinburgh side showed they didn't have the talent to spoil the party.
Ospreys backrowers Steve Tandy and Ryan Jones combined to put New Zealand scrum-half Jason Spice over for the game's first try, but the home side then relaxed in defence to give Edinburgh hooker Andrew Kelly the longest run of his career for a well-taken five-pointer. Henson made it five goals from five attempts to give the Ospreys a 19-7 lead at the break, and kicked Edinburgh while they were down with a monster 55-metre effort in the opening phase of the second half.
The Wales star finally missed one as referee Alain Rolland continued dishing out penalties to the home side, and replacement Edinburgh prop Alistair Dickinson added to the Ospreys' blushes by joining frontrow partner Kelly on the scoresheet to narrow the margin to 22-12. But fans at the Gnoll knew their side would come back into it, and they knew how. Henson made the initial break and got back to his feet to be the extra man and score near the left corner flag.
Tries - J Spice, G Henson
Pens - G Henson 5
Cons - G Henson 2
Tries - A Kelly, A Dickinson
Con - C Paterson
Halftime: Ospreys 19-7