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Determined Ulster are homing in on perfect result - Addison

Will Addison
Will Addison
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Nothing less than a perfect six from six will do for Ulster in their quest to bring a Champions Cup quarter-final back to Belfast says full-back Will Addison.

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Having stormed through Pool 3 with a quartet of wins so far, the province are just three points shy of confirming their place in the last eight ahead of meeting Clermont in the Stade Marcel Michelin this afternoon (1pm kick-off UK-time).

Despite such a strong campaign to date, Addison warns that there can be no let up, however, with Clermont knowing any win today would see them leapfrog Ulster in the standings ahead of next weekend's concluding round of fixtures.

"The fans here (in Belfast), it would be special to play in front of them in a quarter-final," he admitted. "But you're going away to one of the toughest places in Europe, so we'll take this week first rather than thinking about a home quarter-final.

"We have go away with the right attitude and mentality to win away in Clermont, and then we have Bath, another tough team, to come here.

"Hopefully if we do the right things then that (home) quarter might come, but only from a win this week and next."

Ulster are boosted by the returns of Marcell Coetzee and Jordi Murpy but Addison knows they'll be facing star-studded opposition as they seek a first win in French in four years.

"Clermont are notorious for playing an open brand of rugby," he said. "They attack from deep and that probably harks back to when Joe (Schmidt) was there.

"They've got some serious talent. You look at someone like (Alivereti) Raka who has been unbelievable in the World Cup and since, then Damian Penaud is probably the best young player in the country."

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