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Ulster must step up to the mark, insists Gilroy

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 04/03/2016

Craig Gilroy
Craig Gilroy

Ulster star Craig Gilroy insists that the team MUST get back on track and show what playing for the province means to them against Zebre at the Kingspan stadium in the Pro 12 tonight (7.35pm kick-off).

Ulster have lost their last two games and Gilroy, who starts at full-back this evening, is determined that they don't lose a third successive league match for the first time since 2011.

"It's a must-win for us," said Gilroy (below).

"If we want to make it into the play-offs and to get a home semi-final, we really need a big finish to this season. It starts on Friday and we need to show what it means to us."

Ulster have dropped from first to fourth after the recent defeats with director of rugby Les Kiss saying his side's form has let down the team's supporters.

"It's been a disappointing week," said Kiss.

"We've spoken about managing this tough period but we know it hasn't been the best of our form. We have to ward it off and get back on the front foot.

"Needless to say the boys are thoroughly disappointed. They know they let themselves down and each other down and a lot of good supporters down."

Kiss has made four changes to the side that were beaten in Cardiff with Rob Herring back at hooker and captaining the side.

Props Kyle McCall and Ricky Lutton also return with the departing Rory Scholes fit again to start on the wing.

BIG MATCH SPECIAL, Pages 62-63

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