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Fighting talk from Piutau as Ulster aim to salvage pride

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's hopes of making the last eight of the Champions Cup may already be over but Charles Piutau believes there is still plenty at stake when the province host Bordeaux-Begles at Kingspan Stadium this afternoon (1.00pm kick-off).

The All Black superstar, who excelled in defeat last week against Exeter, has called on the side to restore some pride in front of their home fans and wants to see the team start a winning run that will end in PRO12 title.

Les Kiss's men have lost three in a row coming into this weekend but Piutau believes better times, and even silverware, could be just around the corner if the side can regain some much needed momentum today.

"There is a lot on this game for us, personally . We have a lot to prove to ourselves and our fans," said the Kiwi (right).

"I think attitude-wise, it is maybe a bit higher than it has been. I think for ourselves, and leading into the other games, we want to make a statement.

"We set high standards and had high hopes for both competition this season.

"The reality is that one is now over for us but the positive side is that there is still silverware left on the table."

Les Kiss has recalled the experienced pair of Tommy Bowe and Darren Cave to his starting side.

Bordeaux, however, will bring a much-changed side to Belfast, perhaps with one eye already on a big domestic clash next week.

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