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Ulster trounce Ospreys 28 - 6 in Pro12 Kingspan demolition job

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 04/09/2015

Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Willie Faloon helps Wiehahn Herbst over for an Ulster try
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Willie Faloon helps Wiehahn Herbst over for an Ulster try
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Willie Faloon helps Wiehahn Herbst over for an Ulster try
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Nick Williams takes on the Ospreys defence
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.
Ulster's Stuart McCloskey
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.
Ulster's Willie Faloon is tackled by Ospreys Lloyd Evans and Gareth Delve
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.
Ulster's Stuart McCloskey is tackled by Ospreys Lloyd Evans and Gareth Delve
Ulster's Stuart McCloskey drives over for a try
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Stuart McCloskey drives over for a try
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Stuart McCloskey is tackled by Ospreys Lloyd Evans and Gareth Delve
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Rob Herring goes over to open the score for Ulster
Guinness Pro12: Ulster v Ospreys, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Ulster's Stuart McCloskey
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Ulster training session ahead of tonight's Guinness Pro 12 match against Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

It may have taken almost all of the 80 minutes but Ulster got their Pro12 season of to the perfect start with a bonus point victory over the Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium.

The chase for the all-important fourth try – that began when Wiehahn Herbst crashed over as early as the 52nd minute – looked to be petering out to a frustrating conclusion for the home side when a Craig Gilroy break was supported by the unlikely figure of John Andrew.

The hooker, who started on the bench due to Rory Best’s Ireland involvement, was deployed at wing after entering the fray and following a lengthy run released Luke Marshall in the corner.

Earlier Rob Herring opened the scoring as early as the 6th minute while Stuart McCloskey added the second as part of a man-of-the-match showing.

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