THE Ospreys kept their Heineken Cup hopes alive at Ravenhill last night by completing the double over Ulster "â¬" but not without experiencing a few hairy moments along the way.
Ospreys keep Euro campaign alive
Ulster 8-16 Ospreys
The OSPREYS were trailing 8-6 at half-time and facing the prospect of seeing their dream of European glory turn into a nightmare.
But after the break, they took a grip of the game through their forwards, while it was ex-All Blacks scrum-half Justin Marshall who was their try-scoring hero with a trademark touchdown off a line-out.
It was never easy for the Ospreys, not even when plucky Ulster lost two men to the sin-bin in the second half, including Italian lock Carlo Del Fava who was yellow carded for pulling the straggly locks of Wales prop Adam Jones.
Yet it was a case of mission accomplished for the visitors as they left the field and they can now look forward to Christmas in far happier mood than had seemed likely at half-time.