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It's great to see Marshall make up for lost time

Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 30/3/2019
Leinster vs Ulster
Ulster's Luke Marshall on his way to scoring a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 30/3/2019 Leinster vs Ulster Ulster's Luke Marshall on his way to scoring a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Chris Henry

By Chris Henry

I have to say I thought it was madness to throw Luke Marshall straight back into the cauldron of a Champions Cup knockout clash after 10 months without a game.

To get up to that pace without any prior games, to show no signs of rust, I thought it would be beyond any player, even one as good as him.

Happily I was proved wrong by a class performance from Luke. It seemed there was no rust at all and he really was straight up to speed.

On another day, his late try could have been an historic one for Ulster, one that saw them beat Leinster on their own turf and book a place in a European semi-final. While that wasn't to be, it was great to see him back and in the thick of it.

Being injured really is tough to take at times so to be out for 10 months, there's no doubt it'll have been a struggle for him at times this season, especially with the team doing so well in his absence.

When you're out that long you can become almost the forgotten man, but the S&C guys and physiotherapists have obviously done a great job and he'll be a massive addition to the squad for this last run of games.

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