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Ferris is fired up for Ulster's huge Cup clash

Stephen Ferris has a few scores to settle come Friday night against Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup at Ravenhill.

The Scots have come up trumps in the two battles between the sides this season and Ferris admits he is not contemplating an unwanted hat-trick

“We’ve lost to them twice already this season and a third defeat doesn’t bear thinking about,” he said.

“Edinburgh are a fine side but it’s a game we must win.”

Meanwhile, Julien Dupuy, the France scrum-half, will face an appeal committee at a Heathrow hotel this morning hoping for a reduction in his 24-week ban for eye-gouging Ferris.

The Stade Francais player was banned after an incident in the Heineken Cup game against Ulster at Ravenhill on December 12. With Dupuy having admitted the offence, his club had expected a ban at the lower end of the scale. Instead, European Rugby Cup's independent judicial officer Jeff Blackett deemed that the actions merited a high-level sanction.

David Attoub will also appear before a panel, accused of the same offence against Ferris after his hearing was adjourned for more evidence to be considered.

Belfast Telegraph