RaboDirect PRO12: Dan Biggar kicks late penalty to earns Ospreys draw at Leinster

Last Updated: 14/09/13 9:56pm

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Dan Biggar snatched a 29-29 draw for the Ospreys in Dublin as reigning RaboDirect PRO12 champions Leinster let a 10-point first-half advantage slip away.

Referee Leighton Hodges awarded a controversial injury-time penalty and moved the kick even closer as he punished Leinster for not retreating quickly enough.

Biggar was nerveless from the kicking tee, finishing the match with a 19-point haul and ensuring a share of the spoils for his side at the end of a hugely-entertaining early season tussle.

The Ospreys won the league title at the RDS in May 2012, but Leinster dictated for most of the first half with Richardt Strauss and David Kearney running in tries.

They should have been further ahead than 16-9 at the break, Biggar keeping the Welsh region in touch with three penalties, including one just before the interval to cut the deficit to single figures.

Biggar and Jimmy Gopperth swapped kicks on the resumption before the Ospreys raced ahead thanks to two tries in the space of three minutes from Joe Bearman and Ashley Beck.

It looked like curtains for the Irish province when they had Sean Cronin sin-binned, but they managed to score 10 points while the hooker was off - Gopperth converting man-of-the-match Jack McGrath's try and adding another penalty for the lead.

Yet there was yet another twist in the edge-of-the-seat contest, a last-gasp ruck offence paving the way for Biggar's equalising kick.

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