Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Young to add to Ulster misery

Cardiff coach Dai Young is determined to ensure Ulster's wretched away form in the Magners League this season finishes on a losing note.

Ulster have only racked up one competitive victory on the road in their entire season - at Connacht last November

The losing streak in Wales goes back even further, to September 2006, when Ulster defeated the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Young, whose side's realistic target now is to secure second place in the table behind Leinster, is determined that his side finish their season with a flourish having reached the Heineken Cup quarter-finals, to act as a platform to push on to greater things next season.

But despite racking up a free-flowing victory over Llanelli last weekend, he expects Ulster to pose his side plenty of problems tomorrow night (kick-off 5.30pm).

"Under the guidance of Matt Williams, Ulster have steadily improved over the season after a disappointing start for them," said Young.

"Ulster I'm sure will be determined to end the season well also and to secure a Heineken Cup place for next season.

"They are always very abrasive, very physical and offer big challenges in the scrum and line out. They have a lot of big ball carriers, so our defence will have to be a lot better than last weekend.

"They are on an upward curve under Matt Williams, who has steadied the ship and moved them forward. They have quality players in Tommy Bowe, Andrew Trimble and Paddy Wallace.

"They are an experienced team with a lot of stars and I believe that where they are in the league at the moment isn't where they should be and want to be. It will be a big test for us."

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