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Video: Ulster's Charles Piutau says Zebre victory could prove crucial in bid for the play-offs

By Kirsten Elder

Not even Mother Nature, it seems, can dim the considerable talents of Ulster's Charles Piutau.

While it's fair to say the 17-times capped All Black did not move to Belfast for the weather, last week's game with Treviso was still something out of the ordinary after an afternoon deluge that did not let up until well after the final whistle left parts of the Kingspan Stadium underneath considerable pools of water.

The province dealt with the conditions relatively well, with only some inaccuracy from opportunities in the corner stopping them from securing a much needed try-bonus, but it was their third and final score from Piutau that was the undoubted highlight for the soaked masses on the terraces.

With four wins on the spin, Piutau believes it will be a significant mental boost for the province to have their destiny back in their own hands.

"We've come through some rough patches and we've taken a lot of confidence from the last few wins.

"We're building quite well and it'd be really big for us.

"I think the coaches are doing a great job and focusing on the bigger picture, but for us we just stick our heads down and focus week to week."

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