Ospreys and Ulster begin Heineken Cup with comfartable wins

Updated: October 13, 2012

Ruan Pienaar came off the bench to clinch Ulster a bonus point with a late try, giving the Irish an opening 41-17 win in the Heineken Cup.

Scrumhalf Paul Marshall grabbed a brace of tries, and wing Andrew Trimble also crossed the whitewash at Ravenhill in Belfast as last season’s runners-up began their new European Cup campaign on a winning note

Paddy Jackson converted three of the tries and added five penalties for Ulster, who were soundly beaten 42-14 by fellow Irish side Leinster in last season’s final.

Ulster, the 1999 European champions, are now unbeaten in six matches this season.

In the night’s other game on the opening night of the tournament, Welsh side Ospreys also secured a bonus point 38-17 victory over Italian side Treviso with a last-minute try from inside centre Ashley Beck.