After three games without a victory Steve Tandy’s side returned to winning ways to boost their chances of a top-four finish. Outside half Sam Davies, son of former Scarlets and Gloucester coach Nigel, kicked 21 points and set up a try for number eight Dan Baker to seal a much-needed win. A first-half yellow card for forward Dave O’Callaghan proved to be costly for the visitors as the home side scored 11 of their 26 points while Munster were down to 14 men. Munster’s reply came from late tries by Donnacha Ryan and Keith Earls but the outcome was never really in doubt by that stage. A bright start from the Ospreys saw Davies kick them ahead with a penalty after five minutes. They dominated territory and possession in the opening quarter but were struggling to turn their advantage into points on the board. It was the 22nd minute before Davies added to their lead with a second penalty. The key incident of the first half came when Munster flanker O’Callaghan was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle on Ospreys full-back Dan Evans. Within 90 seconds the Ospreys had their opening try when they moved the ball wide and Baker collected Davies’ long pass and went over in the corner. The young fly-half missed the conversion but was able to nudge the Ospreys further in front with his third penalty minutes later. The Ospreys got their Guinness PRO12 play-off charge back on track with a 26-12 victory over fellow title contenders Munster. Press Association Straight from the restart the home side were back on the front foot with Justin Tipuric, making his 100th appearance for the Welsh region, making 30 metres with a fine break down the middle. It put Davies into drop goal range and he slotted his effort straight down the middle to give the Ospreys a 17-0 lead at the break. Munster tried to force their way back into the contest at the beginning of the second period but when they got into Ospreys territory the home side did well to defend a driving line-out and clear. With Munster back up to 15 players the game returned to a tight affair with much of the rugby being played in the middle of the field. Davies kicked a long-range penalty just after the hour mark to keep the scoreboard ticking over for the Ospreys and the 21-year-old was managing the game well for the hosts. Munster finally got success from a driving line-out nine minutes from the end when replacement Ryan was pushed from close range for their opening try. Davies added his fifth penalty for the Ospreys on 75 minutes before less than 90 seconds later Earls crossed in the corner for Munster’s second score. But it proved to be nothing more than a consolation when Davies kicked his sixth penalty at the death.
The Bulldogs conclude their homestead on Sunday, Jan. 22 as they welcome Indiana State to the Knapp Center at 2 p.m. The game will broadcast on ESPN3 and on radio via ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM.Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Loyola, 89-46, Friday evening, Jan. 20, in Missouri Valley Conference play at the Knapp Center. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Next Game: HTML Box Score PDF Box Score Senior Lizzy Wendall (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Bulldogs once again in scoring with 25 points on 10-of 14-shooting in addition to three steals in 22 minutes. Freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) recorded her second career double-double with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Full Schedule Roster Drake (14-4, 7-0 MVC) had a 20-point run in the first eight minutes of the game until Loyola (2-15, 1-5 MVC) scored at the 2:01 mark of the first quarter. The Bulldogs lengthened their lead over the Ramblers, finishing with a 48-23 halftime lead. This is the third-straight game that all 10 available Bulldogs scored two or more points and all played 10 or more minutes of action. Story Links Sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added a career-high of six assists in addition to her nine points, seven rebounds and four steals. Freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) scored 10 points and equaled her career-high of eight rebounds. Indiana State 1/22/2017 – 2 PM As a team, Drake shot 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the floor and benefited from a total of 27 points from the bench and 24 team assists. The team also registered a total of 14 steals and four blocks. Drake controlled the paint with a 52-14 advantage and a 46-23 rebounding margin. The Bulldogs forced 17 Ramblers’ turnovers and scored 23 points off the mistakes. Drake led by as many as 46 points late in the fourth quarter on its way to its eighth-straight game.