Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Ulster must win in Glasgow: Bryn

Bryn Cunningham in training, knows that Ulster must get back to winning ways as soon as possible

Ulster full back Bryn Cunningham believes the squad must build on last week's draw against Leinster if they want to be in contention for the Magners League.

The 2006 champions travel to Firhill tomorrow night to face Glasgow in a game they must win to close the gap on Cardiff at the top of the table.

"I think a draw is a funny scenario, as when you come off the pitch you're neither happy nor annoyed and there probably was a little bit of frustration more than anything.

"What we're frustrated at is that we had opportunities to win the game and also with our first half performance which was very poor.

"I think we showed a lot of character to come back from 13-0 down. In the second half we started to pick the tempo up and I think we have to start games like that instead of waiting 50 to 60 minutes to do it," said Cunningham.

Glasgow have turned Firhill into a fortress while Ulster have lost all three away games this year, but their recent record in the Scottish city is good.

"They have lost only once at home in the last 14 months but that was to us so at least that's one bonus, adds Cunningham.

"Glasgow are a big side and very physical, their backs look more like forwards and they have probably one of the biggest back lines in world rugby.

"They have recruited well with guys like Darryl Gibson and Faatau on the wing.

"They have got a good balance to their team and they are going to be contenders in the league where, as before, they have been in the bottom half of the table. "We have a big job on our hands but we have prepared well this week and hopefully come tomorrow night we can do a job."

The two points against Leinster were Ulster's first since the opening day win against the Ospreys and Cunningham knows that a defeat in Glasgow would make it very difficult for Ulster to win the league.

"If we want to be serious contenders at the end of the season we have to win it (the game against Glasgow) as we've lost too many already," said Cunningham.

"We did have a difficult opening in the fact that we were away from home but that is still no excuse as we have won a lot of away games in the last few seasons so we have to do the same again this year and if we want to get back on track there is no doubt this is a must-win game."

While the defence was excellent against Leinster, the attack has been lacking a cutting edge with only one try per game but, with the talent in the squad, Cunningham is sure it won't be long before the five pointers are flowing.

"We have to score more tries, there is no doubt about that. If you want to win games you have to score tries as you can't always rely on the boot. But with us on the up now after the Leinster game hopefully we can start attacking the line and score a few more tries," added Cunningham.

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