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Tandy is urging his Ospreys to strike first

By Jonathan Bradley

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy believes his side must start better if they are to get anything from this evening's visit to Ulster (6.30pm kick-off).

The Welsh region found themselves 31-0 down against Leinster at the RDS and, although they rallied for three second-half tries, came away without a point after leaving themselves in far too big a hole to claw back the situation.

"It was extremely disappointing last weekend in Dublin, a frustrating evening all round, but we have to react positively," he said. "We need to be better in all aspects if we're going to get anything.

"Start like that again and we'll have the same result. Ulster is always a tough place to go and we know what to expect, but it shows how the PRO12 is growing and getting more competitive when every week you are faced with a real challenge."

With the first of the PRO12's 'big weekends' taking place next week, Ospreys will follow tonight's trip with a derby against Cardiff but Tandy says such a tough run of fixtures is to be relished.

"It doesn't get any easier, with the Blues at home after this one, but we have to thrive on the challenge if we want to achieve what we want to this season," he said.

"It's still early days. We've had a positive start to the season, but there's a long way to go so we'll head out to Belfast knowing that we have to keep working hard."

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