Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Ulster to end away day Blues in Cardiff

It's a case of the job nearly done for Ulster as Heineken Cup rugby next season is in their grasp following last Friday's win over Connacht.

On a night when the result was always going to be more important than the performance Ulster lifted themselves eight points clear of the western province.

With the basement battle out of the way Ulster now must try to find the winning formula on the road as they travel to title chasing Cardiff on Saturday evening.

Dai Young's side are 12 points behind Leinster and would have to get maximum points against Ulster to keep their slim hopes of alive.

Ulster have only won once on the road this year and lost heavily at Munster and the Ospreys on their last two trips but coach Matt Williams has used the games to blood his young players and looks set to continue that policy this weekend.

Prop Tom Court eased the pressure at Ravenhill with the opening try against Connacht and it was a relief after he had been yellow carded in the previous two games.

"I had a bit of a rush of blood to the head against Munster and I took my punishment, a week ago it was a bit unfortunate," stated Court.

"It was nice to score, but then it does not matter who gets over, it is a team game and it all goes to getting the right result for the team."

Court has had mixed fortunes since arriving in the province from the Queensland Reds and found himself on loan to the Pretemp Bees at the end of last season.

This year he has been a regular in the match squad and is holding onto the No3 shirt and he is looking forward to the test of the Cardiff front row.

"I am just glad to be out there and playing. I have work to do on my game and it is a matter of keeping the head down," concluded Court.

Meanwhile Cardiff have been given a boost ahead of the game with the news that Welsh wing Jamie Roberts has signed for a further three years with the region.

Roberts has had a phenomenal first season with the Blues winning his first cap against Scotland as part of the Grand Slam team.

"Things have gone really well for me this season, better than expected if I'm being honest. I've played a lot more games for the Blues than I thought I would and getting the Wales call was a massive bonus, I hope to get more caps in the future," stated Roberts.

"I'm working hard on my game and fingers crossed I'll have more of a chance at full back next year, but I'm happy to play anywhere in the team. We've had some great results this year, especially on the road."

The Arms Park is one of the most intimidating atmospheres to play in and it promises to be red hot with supporters under 18 and in full-time education able to buy tickets for £1 in the Cardiff Blues Kids for a Quid match.

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