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How the Ulster players rated during Champions Cup play-off victory over Ospreys

Ratings by Michael Sadlier

Ulster secured Champions Cup rugby for next season as they put a glossy finish on an otherwise dull season with Sunday's win over Ospreys.

But how did the individuals fare? Here's Michael Sadlier's take on their performances.

How the Ulster players rated

Louis Luik 4: An early departure after just 18 minutes when the South African was helped from the field; he did not have time to make an impact.

Craig Gilroy 8: A late replacement for Piutau, he bagged two quality tries thanks to his awareness and pace, which helped take the game beyond the Ospreys.

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Ulster’s Craig Gilroy in action against Ospreys.

Luke Marshall 7: It had been quiet enough before his chip for Gilroy and then he was carted off in the second half after helping halt a score.

Stuart McCloskey 6: Plenty of the usual muscular endeavour. He put in a big defensive shift and helped set up Treadwell’s second half score.

Jacob Stockdale 6: He had made occasional impacts in the game and then came another score, this time intercepting Hook’s pass to run at the end.

Johnny McPhillips 6: A quiet enough opening 40 minutes in his face-off with Biggar, but his chip down the touchline saw Gilroy nab his second.

John Cooney 8: Another huge game when it mattered. He helped set up Gilroy’s second and kicked 15 points to end a great first season at the Kingspan.

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Ulster's John Cooney receives the man of the match award from John Haggan.

Callum Black 4: He lasted 23 minutes on his final appearance for Ulster before leaving the action not long after Ludik had been helped off.

Rob Herring 7: The skipper did all he could to get this win. Produced a huge tackle count with 15 to his name. A fitting way to end his campaign.

Tom O'Toole 6: Thrown in from the start after Ross Kane’s pre-kick-off exit, the youngster did really well on only his second start for the team.

Alan O'Connor 7: Put it up to the Ospreys in his own typically robust manner, and another who stood up defensively with 14 hits on the Ospreys.

Kieran Treadwell 7: Some strong carries and tackles when required. He even charged over Ulster’s third score to help them win.

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Ulster's Kieran Treadwell celebrates his try with team-mates.

Robbie Diack 5: The last time he’ll be seen in an Ulster shirt, the South African worked hard before getting a standing ovation when substituted.

Sean Reidy 7: Hard-working as ever, the Kiwi carried hard when on the front-foot and was another who spared nothing when it came to tackling.

Nick Timoney 7: It looked like it might be a hard day, but there he was carrying hard and putting everything into the cause to win this game.

Replacements

David Busby (for Ludik 18 mins) 6: He performed well under pressure after coming on so early

Andy Warwick (for Black 23mins) 7: One great tip tackle during a decent enough shift

Darren Cave (for Marshall 56mins) 6: Helped get Ulster over the line after entering the fray for the injured Marshall

Chris Henry (for Diack 62mins) 6: Also made his contribution in ensuring Ulster’s place in Europe’s top tier

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Ulster’s Sean Reidy and Chris Henry celebrate after the match.

Dave Shanahan (for Cooney 75mins) 4: Had no real time to impress after getting the nod late on

John Andrew (for Timoney 76 mins) 4: Likewise, not enough time to impress, having only a handful of minutes of action

Replacements not used: R Ah You, J Regan

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