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Positive thinking: John Cooney says Ulster can take heart from last year’s run to the quarter-finals

Positive thinking: John Cooney says Ulster can take heart from last year’s run to the quarter-finals

Positive thinking: John Cooney says Ulster can take heart from last year’s run to the quarter-finals

Ulster can use the European back-to-backs as a launching pad towards the quarter-finals, believes star scrum-half John Cooney.

The 29-year-old has played the hero in the opening pool wins over Bath and Clermont and knows that two strong performances over Harlequins starting tomorrow at Kingspan Stadium could be pivotal.

It was this time last year when the northern province's European campaign took flight, two wins over Scarlets the catalyst for their run to the quarter-finals.

"If you look back to the Scarlets back-to-backs last year, it was a big moment for us and if you were to talk about our season really kicking on last season it was probably down to those two performances," Cooney says.

"For us to perform again here back-to-back is huge. It's good being here first and it's a big one at home.

"We're on that big record at home as well which is a little bit of added pressure as well but for us it's easy to get up for a 3 o'clock kick-off at Kingspan so we're really looking forward to it."

Belfast Telegraph