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C'est magnifique

38-0 Ulster wonder win over French giants

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster head coach Les Kiss pledged a stunning 38-0 European Cup success against four-times champions Toulouse at the Kingspan will be "the start of something big".

It was the first time that the 19-times French champions have been held to nil in Europe and blasts Ulster right back into the Pool One shake-up after last month's dire 27-9 home defeat against Saracens.

Ulster face another crunch in the return fixture against the French giants next Sunday.

Kiss, just five weeks in the Kingspan hotseat, said: "This didn't happen by accident.

"We have been working towards this.

"This can be the start of something big. Good teams build on a performance like that and that's what we aim to do. Holding Toulouse to nil is wildest dreams stuff."

Kiss continued: "I am very pleased. We knew we had to be relentless. We knew we had to suck the life out of them.

"We had good physicality and the pressure paid off.

"We lost guys through injury in the win over Edinburgh last week.

"But we didn't moan about it, we just got on with it.

"Saracens still have the run of the pool. But this result puts pressure on them.

"If we can get something against Toulouse next week it puts even more pressure on Saracens.

"Then our game against Saracens over there becomes critical

"But we should be prepared for a massive backlash.

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