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Ulster recover some pride.

Ulster bowed out of this season's Heineken Cup by salvaging some pride against the Ospreys team who humiliated them last week.

After that 48-17 thrashing, they produced an improved performance last night, losing 16-8, and may have done terminal damage to the Welsh side's hopes of finishing top of Pool Two after Lyn Jones' squad failed to secure a bonus point win as they chase pool leaders Gloucester.

A cleverly worked try by former All Black Justin Marshall, in the second half, ensured the Ospreys consigned Ulster to their ninth defeat in 12 games with James Hook adding the conversion and then his third penalty to give the Welsh side their third win from four in the pool.

Glasgow plunged to earth with a thump as Biarritz came from behind to claim Heineken Cup revenge with a 21-14 victory.

Despite another stirring performance which kept their noses in front for almost the whole match, they were pipped at the post by two tries from substitute Samiu Vahafolau.

Defeat was all the harder to take after Glasgow opened up an 11-point lead in the first quarter.

From the kick-off by Dan Parks, Biarritz were penalised for offside and as a result of backchat, Welsh referee Nigel Owens marched the hosts back a further ten metres to make Parks' strike a formality.

And Glasgow's stubbornness was rewarded after 18 minutes when Parks banged over another penalty.

Even better was to come for the Warriors almost immediately when John Barclay burst clear from 35 metres out for a remarkable try.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 15, 2007
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