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Reidy tips Ulster to return invigorated by rest following a successful South African expedition

By Adam McKendry

Ulster flanker Sean Reidy believes Ulster are in a good place heading into their break after victory over the Southern Kings in South Africa at the weekend.

The New Zealand-born back row was instrumental to the Ulstermen's 43-36 victory at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium on Saturday and was rewarded with a try as his side arrested a two game losing streak.

Defeats to La Rochelle and Leinster had soured the mood around the Ulster squad after a strong start to the season, but the bonus point win over the Kings lifted them back into second in Conference B of the Guinness PRO14.

Reidy says the squad were aware how important a win was for momentum and is delighted they emerged with the five points.

"That was playing on our mind a bit, so it was great to come out here and get the win," man of the match Reidy said.

"It's been a long block of games without a break now, so it's good to finish on a high so we can enjoy this week off and come back in a couple of weeks ready for the next block."

The game itself proved a unique experience both in terms of how it panned out and in its unique location.

Played in front of a crowd of just over 2,000 in Kwazakhele, Ulster ran into a fired up Kings side, who used the wind advantage in the first half to race two scores ahead by the seventh minute. It's the best performance the winless Kings have produced so far this season, undoubtedly inspired by the move and the opportunity to impress in front of the community.

"It was a pretty unreal atmosphere coming into this stadium, but it's a good experience nonetheless," said Reidy. "The pitch was good and the crowd was noisy, and that's all you can ask for.

"They came at us pretty hard, especially in that first half where they had the wind. They were very strong, and we're just glad we were able to gain some composure and put a few tries on the board ourselves and then start playing our own game.

"We were disappointed giving away a couple of easy tries in that first 10 to 15 minutes but, with the strong wind, it was tough to exit out of your own 22 because it's tough to get distance on your kicks. But we knew if we could kick the corners, we could get points on the board."

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