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Heineken Cup: Ulster can win it, says Muller

By Niall Crozier

Fanfare: Johann Muller applauds the travelling Ulster supportAND-IN skipper Johann Muller believes Ulster can claim their first European crown in 12 years.

The South African lock isn’t getting carried away after the Ravenhill men booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup, but insists they have the quality to cause a major upset.

“This side is getting better, for sure. We are building and we can go a lot further,” said Muller, who captained the side in place of the injured Rory Best.

“Could we go all the way? Yes. I’m not saying we will do that but I am saying that we are capable of doing it.”

Coach Brian McLaughlin stopped short at saying they could mount a challenge but predicted there was more to come from his side following Saturday’s six-try demolition of hopelessly outclassed Aironi, a result which confirmed Ulster’s place among this season’s European club rugby elite.

He said: “We’ve done remarkably well but we won’t be resting on our laurels. Yes, we have made a lot of very good progress but we have to keep working. As we go towards the European Cup quarter-finals — for the first time in 12 years — we’ve got to go on winning in order to show people that we are a very good rugby team.”

Smiling broadly he applauded his team’s efforts he said: “After half-time our forwards were excellent; you only have to look at the tries from those two smashing mauls at the start of the second half and then that penalty try from a scrum.

“But there’s more to come. Ask Johann (Muller) — he will tell there that there’s a lot more in that pack.

“I think if you look at our back line today you have Nevin Spence again outstanding and Andrew Trimble and Adam D’Arcy as well. There was a lot of talent out there on that pitch.”

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