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Harsh words in Ulster players' showdown, says Paddy Jackson

European Champions' Cup rugby

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster star Paddy Jackson expects the side's troubles this season will soon be behind them after a frank behind-closed-doors meeting among the players.

The side face Bordeaux-Begles at Kingspan Stadium tomorrow (1pm kick-off) knowing their European ambitions were ended by last weekend's loss to Exeter in Sandy Park.

Jackson admits that harsh words were exchanged in the aftermath of the side's eighth loss in their last 12 games but believes Les Kiss' men are ready to turn the corner.

"It's tough at the moment, off the back of a few defeats and not qualifying for the quarters," admitted the Irish international out-half.

"We've met as a player group, and management, and we've had a few things to look at, a few harsh words among ourselves and there's been a good reaction.

"I think it's been building. Three losses in a row and I think it's something we've sat down as a player group and something we've looked at internally.

"We're keeping it (what was said) to ourselves but I think it's only going to be positive for the rest of the season. To be honest where we want to see the reaction is on the pitch this weekend.

"The way we've trained this week, I think that's what we're going to get.

"I think a performance is what we want then obviously the win."

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