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Ulster underdogs must bite back: Trimble

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Andrew Trimble admits that the province's hopes of a fourth straight PRO12 play-off berth will be over if they don't overcome table-topping Connacht at the Kingspan Stadium tonight (7.35pm).

The winger makes his return from Six Nations duty along with Jared Payne and Rory Best and is under no illusions when it comes to the required outcome.

"They probably will come up as favourites but regardless of what people are saying outside of Ulster, we've got to get out and produce a big one," said Trimble.

"We know what we're up against. We know we have to dig deep.

"An occasion like this might put us in a good position because we've no option.

"We have to get a win and that's the end of it. This is a cup final."

That idea was echoed by his team-mate and scrum-half Ruan Pienaar, who said he is looking to raise his game to help the belated play-off push.

"I personally haven't been happy with my form and I've really wanted to perform better," said the star Springbok.

"You get games and seasons like that but I'm still hungry to perform.

"That's what's driving me. For me it's about the next couple of games and trying to help this team reach the play-offs."

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