Belfast Telegraph

Ulster pull plug on Bath

Ulster are on course to end 11 years of agony and qualify for the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup.

Yesterday, Brian McLaughlin’s warriors fought back to sink Bath 22-18 at Ravenhill and were further boosted when Italian outsiders Aironi shocked French giants Biarritz, 28-27.

“It was a smashing win and performance. They pushed us every inch of the way and bar anoutstanding tackle by Andrew Trimble in the last seconds it could have been different,” said McLaughlin.

“With us having to go to Bath next weekend it’s a very interesting situation now. Biarritz, like us, now have lost one, but Bath will now feel Aironi’s win has offered them a chance, too."

With all four clubs now having played three of their six Pool 4 group stage matches, Biarritz lead the way on 11 points. Ulster have nine and Bath seven.

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