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Ulster ready to face triple derby tests, insists Ludik


By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Louis Ludik says the side will have to quickly put Europe on the back-burner and focus on a key period in the Guinness Pro14.

Les Kiss's men took nine points from a possible 10 in their Champions Cup double-header with Harlequins, scoring six tries in a 52-24 win on Friday night.

With La Rochelle losing to Wasps yesterday afternoon, Ulster will host the French side when the competition resumes in mid-January with top spot in Pool 1 on the line.

Before that, the province have a run of three straight Irish derbies to take them into 2018, starting with Connacht at the Sportsground on Saturday (7.35pm kick-off).

With heavy squad rotation expected to get through the three interpros in 15 days, Ludik said it will be a real test.

"It's very tough," he said. "I've been here a couple of years now, so I know what the interpros are like, they're tough.

"It doesn't matter who you're playing or where it is, those games are very tough. There's a lot of competition between the guys for Ireland jerseys but it's always fun and great to be a part of.

"We have to take it week by week. Every week is as important as the next. We'll see where we are with injuries and take it from there. It's all you can do."

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