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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