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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

EDF Energy Cup Final - Ospreys vs Leicester


A superb all-round performance from James Hook inspired the Ospreys to a fine victory in the EDF Energy Cup final against Leicester at Twickenham.

The fly-half had a hand in both Ospreys tries, setting up Andy Bishop for the opening touchdown on 22 minutes before finding Alun Wyn Jones on 47 minutes.

Hook converted both scores, as well as kicking over three penalties.

Leicester never settled in the game, with all their six points coming in the first half from the boot of Andy Goode.

The victory avenged the Ospreys's 2007 final defeat by Leicester and was the perfect response after their disappointing loss to Saracens in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup last weekend.


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21 Comments:

  • i watched the match, and have thought all the praise for James Hook has been slightly over-board. He did play well, without doubt, but does anyone else think that Justin Marshall totally ran that game for the Ospreys? Personally, I thought he was the stand out player

    By Anonymous jon, at April 16, 2008 11:50 am  

  • Nice work Ospreys!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 16, 2008 2:14 pm  

  • terrible defending for the first ospreys try

    By Anonymous Northy, at April 16, 2008 2:17 pm  

  • argentinian coach = big error for leicester

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 16, 2008 2:24 pm  

  • Loffreda is making his first steps in a professional team, give the guy a chance...

    By the way, nice tackle of shane wiliams on tuilagi, i thought he wouldnt have the guts.

    By Anonymous Eric, at April 16, 2008 2:41 pm  

  • soory but isnt James Hook a bit over-rated, he did a switch and got a couple of flukey kicks

    By Anonymous mat n, at April 16, 2008 2:52 pm  

  • haha finally the ospreys perform!!!
    well done lads
    marshall was supurb
    holah was incredible

    luved shanes bursts of pace around the field

    is it true they are signing isia toevea??
    wow all good

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 16, 2008 3:04 pm  

  • mat n:-

    soory but isnt James Hook a bit over-rated, he did a switch and got a couple of flukey kicks



    I take it your a leicester fan, or at least someone who doesn't like the ospreys then. Flukey kicks? So does that mean whenever someone else makes a good kick that's flukey as well? He also made 3 or 4 good breaks and set up both tries.

    By Anonymous geraint, at April 16, 2008 3:34 pm  

  • i wouldnt say hook was over-rated, i just think that in this game his performance was. Leicester were woeful, and the ospreys played very well, but more through marshall than hook. Marty Holah also had a very strong game

    By Anonymous jon, at April 16, 2008 5:02 pm  

  • tbh i've watched james hook devolope from his early years at neath and he has impvored leaps and bounds i wldnt say hews over rated hes a fantastic player

    By Anonymous Bezzlie, at April 16, 2008 6:08 pm  

  • yeah was good technique by shane williams on Tualangi, wouldn't take any chances tho, good job the little guy had help!

    I agree James Hook played very well, the guy has great hands.

    By Anonymous David, at April 16, 2008 7:09 pm  

  • hmmm im really stillnot sure about Tuilagi.....yes he is big and quick, but i have seen him lacking in defence on more than a few occasions and the try the big osprey's lock got was partly in tuilagi's defensive area, the lock was being tackled but tuilagi was still watching the outside man......obviously its very easy to say when you see the replays and such but still, im not so sure about him!

    By Blogger No.7, at April 17, 2008 1:16 am  

  • meh, i dunno actually, watching it again i guess it wasnt his fault. but i still dont particularly rate him.

    (doesn't id like to tackle him while he's going full tilt!)

    By Blogger No.7, at April 17, 2008 1:24 am  

  • Ospreys were as good as Leicester were bad. Leicester seem to be having some kind of crisis.

    Hook is class plain and simple.

    Great for a region to win

    By Anonymous Osprey Rich, at April 17, 2008 10:00 am  

  • "Great for a region to win"

    The ONLY region

    By Anonymous geraint, at April 17, 2008 6:07 pm  

  • Its only the 3rd Anglo-Welsh geraint.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2008 6:27 pm  

  • well im an ospreys fan and i wouldnt mind taking tuilagi off you tigers fans hands if you dont want him haha

    what he lacks in defensive logic he makes up for in his explosive attacking game

    hes a lot like lomu
    world class but lacks the rugby intelligence

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2008 8:02 pm  

  • Did it go to uncontested scrums? At about 5:15 they show a scrum, and from the front row body positions it doesn't look like they're pushing...

    By Anonymous Hamish M, at April 17, 2008 10:54 pm  

  • Hamish yes they did

    By Anonymous geraint, at April 18, 2008 12:39 pm  

  • Hmmm im inclined to agree with no.7 Although tuilagi is a great runner, it is nothing without the intelligence. but idk i guess i cant think of anyone to replace him, and one on one he is very likely to run over a player than get wrapped up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2008 5:45 pm  

  • I also Agree with No 7 he lacks in Defencive stratagy if you look at many other clips you can see he is always drawn to the players outside him and dosent help someone small tackle a big lock!!! though he is a great player

    By Anonymous Chazza, at June 03, 2008 6:30 pm  

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