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Magner's League: Glasgow victory is essential, says Court

By Micheal McGeary

Victory over Glasgow tomorrow night would send Ulster into the Heineken Cup in buoyant mood.

But prop Tom Court, ever the realist, insists they must step up a gear.

Last time out against Connacht at the Sportsground they had to settle for a share of the points.

“We came away from Galway that night knowing that we hadn’t been all that convincing,” he said.

“We appreciate there are a few areas we can and must improve on, but hopefully by the time we open our Heineken campaign all the building blocks will be in place.”

He makes the point very forcibly that there will be no margin for error.

The set pieces, so crucial at this level, must be working like a dream with every player well briefed of what’s expected of him.

The autumn internationals are fast approaching and Court is determined to catch the eye of Ireland coach Declan Kidney.

“The loss of prop BJ Botha through injury is unfortunate and while you never want to see a colleague injured, it’s important from my perspective that I put my hand up and show that I’m able to play either side of the scrum,” he said.

“It’s a big challenge but one that I’m relishing.”

Heading into the first week of October Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin knows his best possible side by this stage.

But for the first time since he took over the managerial reins he has serious options which could well determine Ulster’s season. Tom Court for one isn’t about to disagree.

“Twelve months ago you could probably have picked the team with your eyes closed, but now there’s some serious competition,” he said.

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