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Ulster take bonus point win in Pro14 opener

Craig Gilroy scored two tries for Ulster in their opening Pro14 win over Ospreys. Credit: INPHO

Ulster ran home five tries in the opening game of their Pro14 campaign, taking the comfortable 38-14 win over Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium.

The visitors got off to a strong start, despite missing a string of key players on international duty at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

But Ulster – who were without the services of Ireland’s Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale - dug in and led 21-14 by the break, before powering on to the bonus point victory.

Matt Fades was among the try-scorers for Ulster at Kingspan Stadium on Friday night. Credit: INPHO

Craig Gilroy made his return from a lengthy spell out injured in style, providing two of Ulster’s tries.

Greg Jones and Matt Fades were also among the try scorers, while 11 points came from the boot of John Cooney.

Next up for Ulster is a trip to South Africa to face the Cheetahs and then the Southern Kings over the next two weekends.

Ospreys were left deflated following their defeat at the hands of Ulster. Credit: INPHO