Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Ulster aim to finish season on high note

Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin

With Friday night’s match at Ravenhill being their last of the season, Ulster’s players are committed to bowing out on a winning note.

Following six Magners League matches without a win, finally Brian McLaughlin’s side managed to bring that depressing sequence to an end by beating Edinburgh 37-25 at Murrayfield last time out.

That victory, in tandem with Connacht’s 58-10 Llanelli defeat by Scarlets earlier that same afternoon, means that barring a disaster of proportions unprecedented in the annuls of professional rugby Ulster will be in next season’s Heineken Cup.

Currently the westerners have a points differential of -174. Ulster’s for-against differential is -44.

Nevertheless Ulster’s players want a grand winning finale, not only for their supporters, but because if they are to match last season’s Magners League finishing position — eighth of the 10 runners with 36 points — they are required to beat their Irish rivals and score four or more tries in the process.

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