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Ulster still in play-off mix, says defiant coach Clarke

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster forwards coach Allen Clarke has backed his side to still make the PRO12 play-offs despite losing Saturday's interpro with Munster in Limerick.

For a second week in a row, the province blew a chance to overtake Ospreys in the table, and are outside the top four with just two games remaining, but Clarke still believes the side will have a say in where the title ultimately lands.

"I think the fillip of all of it is that Ospreys were beaten by Cardiff so we're very much in the mix and probably before we came here we didn't expect that," he said. "We know that we can win these games. I have faith in the team, I have faith in the boys that we're going to be in the mix and we might be back here (Thomond Park in the semi-finals), who knows?

"We've got to go to the Ospreys now and win."

Ulster know that they almost surely need to win both their remaining games to regain their place in the top four, with Saturday week's clash at Ospreys now the crunch contest.

None of Rory Best, Charles Piutau or Clive Ross, who all went off injured against Munster, are thought to be in doubt for that game, but Chris Henry will be monitored closely during the down week.

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