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Ulster must get physical to win: Les Kiss

By Michael Sadlier

Published 20/10/2016

Euro heat: Les Kiss needs a result
Euro heat: Les Kiss needs a result

With Ulster's European hopes effectively on the line, Les Kiss has called on his squad to meet the challenge head-on for their clash with Exeter Chiefs on Saturday night at the Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.45).

After collapsing late on to lose 28-13 at Bordeaux in their Champions Cup opener on Sunday, Ulster must deliver a home win to stay afloat in Pool Five against the Aviva Premiership side who are also under pressure after being thumped in their own backyard by Clermont.

On Sunday, Ulster buckled in the second half under the physical onslaught of Bordeaux's pack and, this time, Kiss has demanded that his squad dictate matters up front.

"We have to be physical to win this game," said Kiss.

"We've got to stand up and do the job we have to do physically.

"Rob Baxter (the Exeter coach) has talked about being angry and coming here looking for a result, so we expect a full assault.

"We need to be up to that challenge. The focus for this weekend is that we get the points we need to stay in the hunt."

Ulster are hoping to have Charles Piutau back after being out with concussion for two games while Kiss is also optimistic that Ruan Pienaar will also be fit to face the Chiefs after picking up a knock to his knee late on in Bordeaux.

Full story: Win or bust as we know Euro hopes are now at stake: Kiss

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