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Thursday 14 December 2017

Ulster can down Ospreys

THIS is sixth versus second. It is also Ulster's last chance to stay in the hunt for the PRO12 play-offs.

At present, a home semi-final seems beyond them.

They have shown, most notably at Clermont-Auvergne in Europe, that they can travel with purpose when they have to.

And to put themselves in the right position, they cannot afford to drop too many more points.

Thankfully, their record at Ravenhill is awesome. They have lost just once in 17 matches.

This breeds the sort of confidence that makes them a threat to anyone there.

However, The Ospreys have won each of their six matches against the Irish provinces so far this season.

They have beaten Ulster on the last two occasions and have won in Belfast four times in this competition.

Verdict: Ulster

Ulster v The Ospreys, Ravenhill, Tonight (KO 7.05) Live BBC2 NI

Ulster: S Terblanche; C Gilroy, N Spence, P Wallace, I Whitten; R Pienaar, P Marshall; P McAllister, A Kyriacou, J Afoa, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, C Henry (capt), W Faloon, P Wannenburg.

The Ospreys: R Fussell; H Dirksen, A Bishop, S Watermeyer, E Walker; D Biggar, K Fotuali'i; D Jones, S Baldwin, J Rees, I Gough, J King, T Smith (capt), S Lewis, J Bearman.

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