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Underdog tag ok —Humphreys

by Chris McCann

There’s self belief within the squad, says David Humphreys



David Humphreys, rugby legend and Ulster's director of rugby claims the ‘underdog’ tag will suit Ulster in their Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Northampton.

The former fans’ favourite at Ravenhill was speaking after Ulster’s win over Aironi. He said: “Northampton will certainly provide us with a big challenge in the quarter-finals of the competition. They’ve plenty of depth and they’re not the number 1 seed, for nothing.

“They were absolutely comprehensive in how they worked through the pool stages of the competition, coming up against quality teams in Castres, Cardiff and Edinburgh and maintaining a 100% record with six wins from six.”

“At this stage we’re not sure if the game will be played at Franklin’s Gardens or another bigger venue. They have a very strong and proud home record at the Gardens but their supporters will make any trip for us a challenging prospect.”

“That said, just because we’ve reached the knockout stages of the competition for the first time in a very long time doesn’t mean that we’re happy to settle for that.

“There’s a self belief within our squad ... we’ve recorded wins on the road in all competitions this season where perhaps people wouldn’t have expected us to and we’ll relish the opportunity ahead of us. Right now we’re enjoying our victory yesterday and the fact that for the first time in 12 years we’re going to be playing knockout rugby in Europe.”

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