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The chastening defeat to Toulouse will either be a catalyst or cataclysmic for Ulster - it's up to them to determine which it will be

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Ulster have lost two knockout games in the last two weeks - now it's time to see how they will respond

Ulster have lost two knockout games in the last two weeks - now it's time to see how they will respond

Ulster have lost two knockout games in the last two weeks - now it's time to see how they will respond

The big debate that was had leading into the knockout games post-lockdown was had Ulster made progression? Was there tangible evidence this team was better than their 2018/19 counterparts?

On paper, the answer is yes. While 18/19 yielded a Guinness PRO14 semi-final and a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final, 19/20 provided a PRO14 final and another Champions Cup quarter-final. In literal terms, things that you can identify in black and white, that is progression.

In other ways there has been progression too. On the pitch, players have taken a step up. Think of the likes of Robert Baloucoune. James Hume. Billy Burns. John Cooney. Tom O'Toole. Matty Rea. All of them are undeniably better player than 12 months prior, to the extent that three of them received their first Ireland call-ups.