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Under-fire Ulster to impose Marshall law against Cardiff Blues

By Jonathan Bradley

Bullish Luke Marshall has demanded Ulster up their game against Cardiff Blues this evening after admitting that recent performances from the province have not been up to scratch.

Les Kiss's men have suffered three League defeats in a row for the first time since 2011 and a loss in the Welsh capital (5.15pm kick-off) would knock them out of the Guinness PRO12's top six.

And having dropped four out of five in all competitions, the squad are desperately in need of momentum ahead of next week's visit from French giants Clermont in the Champions Cup.

"We've not been good enough and it's got to change," Marshall  rapped.

"We're focused on doing that.

"If we lift our level of performance then we're good enough to start winning games.

"There's enough motivation over the past month or so from our own performances that we shouldn't need anything else."

The Kingspan outfit are boosted by the return to action of experienced quintet Stuart McCloskey, Chris Henry, Louis Ludik, Rodney Ah You and Darren Cave from injury, while Iain Henderson is back in the side after featuring twice for Ireland last month.

Cardiff, meanwhile, have their Welsh internationals available with Sam Warburton and Gethin Jenkins in the starting team but former Ulster favourite Nick Williams is absent.

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