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Wales On Sunday - - EUROPEAN RUGBY - MARK OR­DERS Rugby Cor­re­spon­dent mark.or­ders@waleson­line.co.uk

HARRI Mor­gan marked a his­toric Ospreys de­but with a fi­nal-play try that se­cured his side a Eu­ro­pean Chal­lenge Cup bonus-point vic­tory in Swansea. The Welsh re­gion had looked as if they would have to set­tle for a straight win without trim­mings in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

But, with the clock mov­ing into the red, they launched one fi­nal at­tack that saw Kee­lan Giles chip through twice.

A des­per­ate scram­ble en­sued for the loose ball, but Mor­gan got there first.

It was the per­fect way for the 18-year-old to mark a red-let­ter day which had seen him be­come the first player born this cen­tury to ap­pear in a se­nior game for the Ospreys.

The match was never a clas­sic, but the home side al­ways had far too much for op­po­nents who were rad­i­cally changed from the week be­fore and couldn’t get into the game.

The main man for the Ospreys was James Hook, rolling back the years at fly-half af­ter Sam Davies had to leave the field be­cause of a bump. The 33-year-old con­trolled mat­ters with class and no lit­tle skill, choos­ing the right op­tion and ex­e­cut­ing his plays with au­thor­ity.

There were also bright per­for­mances out wide from George North and Luke Mor­gan.

Both play­ers had scored against the Scar­lets a week ear­lier and they re­peated the trick against Pau, each breach­ing the de­fence in a 10-minute spell that killed off the French mid­way through the sec­ond half.

North scored first, charg­ing onto an in­side pass from Hook to cross for his fifth try in six games.

Mor­gan’s score was even more of a pic­ture, with the for­mer Wales sevens star tak­ing the ball at pace and scoot­ing past a num­ber of de­fend­ers on a 40-me­tre surge to the line.

Be­fore­hand, Matt Sher­ratt had ad­mit­ted that the Ospreys were tak­ing a leap into the un­known against their lowly French op­po­nents.

“From ex­pe­ri­ence in this com­pe­ti­tion over the last two years I think in the early rounds you don’t know what you are go­ing to come up against,” he said.

“When I was with Cardiff Blues last year they played Lyon and their All Blacks were off ski­ing. As you go into the later rounds, they seem to make an ap­pear­ance.”

Pau had duly made a dozen changes from the side that de­feated Per­pig­nan last time out. It was un­clear if those left out had gone ski­ing, but it was pretty much down­hill all the way for the play­ers who took the field in Swansea.

The Ospreys had too much pace out wide, too much bite in the back row and too much ex­pe­ri­ence all round.

But the match was short on qual­ity be­fore the break. Play­ing at full-back, Giles did make the spec­ta­cle slightly eas­ier on the eye.

Within min­utes of his ar­rival he brought the crowd to their feet by field­ing the ball near his 10-me­tre line and swiv­el­ling past two would-be tack­lers. The French im­me­di­ately rushed two more de­fend­ers to the scene, only for Giles to set about per­plex­ing them be­fore he was brought to the ground.

The Ospreys took the lead early in the half with a score that was sim­plic­ity it­self.

From a scrum, Aled Davies moved the ball to Sam Davies and he moved the ball onto Hook, with the for­mer Wales in­ter­na­tional’s dev­as­tat­ing line enough to do for the French cover.

Hook then turned cre­ator as he set up North with a lovely in­side ball, be­fore Luke Mor­gan turned on the af­ter-burn­ers to leave the de­fence for dead out wide. Still the bonus-point score proved elu­sive. But then Giles, a player who makes things hap­pen, came onto the ball and Mor­gan sup­ported su­perbly to claim the score.

What a mo­ment for the Ospreys’ very own 21st-cen­tury boy. OSPREYS: James Hook; George North, Cory Allen (Joe Thomas 77), Owen Watkin, Luke Mor­gan; Sam Davies (Kee­lan Giles 25), Aled Davies (Harri Mor­gan 65); Rho­dri Jones (Nicky Smith 47), Scott Ot­ten (Scott Bald­win 48), Ma’afu Fia (Tom Botha 30), Adam Beard (Rob McCusker 65), Bradley Davies, Olly Crack­nell (Guido Volpi 77, Justin Tipuric (capt), James King PAU: Mathias Colom­bet; Marvin Lestremau (Pierre Nueno 50), Ben­son Stan­ley, Atila Sep­tar, Frank Halai; An­toine Has­toy, Julien Blanc (Clo­vis Le Bail 50); Thomas Domingo (Lu­cas Rey 47), Lau­rent Bouchet (Ge­of­frey Moise 47), Ni­co­las Co­rato (Matthew Tierney 47), Julien De­lan­noy (Fabrice Metz 50), Dan Malafosse, Bap­tiste Pe­senti (Matthieu Ugenda 41), Sean Dougall (Lekima Tag­ita­gi­valu 41), An­toine Er­bani.

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