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Ulster fight back to ground Ospreys

Niall O'Connor kicked a late penalty as Ulster opened their Magners League campaign in style by taking the scalp of reigning champions Ospreys 27-26 in a pulsating game at Ravenhill.

The lead changed hands several times and the match remained in the balance right until the end, but first-half tries from Stephen Ferris and Darren Cave helped Ulster to their narrow win, while O'Connor kicked five penalties and a conversion to end the night with a 17-point haul.

Ospreys, who arrived in Belfast having had four league points deducted for failing to field a side for a re-arranged date in last season's corresponding fixture, were missing a raft of frontline players but had Dan Biggar firing on all cylinders as the fly-half scored a try and kicked two conversions and four penalties - a 100% kicking haul - to contribute 21 points.

Richard Fussell crossed for the visitors' further touchdown, but the Ospreys had to make do with a losing bonus point.

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