Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Ulster Rugby: It's crunch time, warns Ricky Lutton

Ricky Lutton has just signed a two-year contract with Ulster Rugby
Ricky Lutton has just signed a two-year contract with Ulster Rugby

Oxford University-educated prop Ricky Lutton believes keeping things simple is the best policy if he and his Ulster team-mates are to win the RaboDirect PRO12 title.

Tonight second-placed Ulster are up against fourth-placed Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun (7.35pm) in the first of three potentially season-defining matches.

After that Ulster host current leaders Leinster (May 2) and then play Heineken Cup semi-finalists Munster in Limerick (May 10).

Lutton – who has just signed a two-year contract thereby becoming a fully-fledged professional rugby player for the first time at the age of 28 – sees no need to complicate something which in his opinion is pretty straightforward.

"We've three games – win those and we're in a semi-final," he said. "It's a simple enough equation for us really; it's in our own hands.

"Admittedly it's a lot easier said than done because those are three really tough games. But if we approach them one at a time and look at each game individually you see that they're all winnable.

"We're going to Glasgow looking to get the win and then we have a week off to rest the bodies before coming back the following Monday ready to tackle those two inter-pros".

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