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Humphreys praises forwards

Fly-half Ian Humphreys was left to thank his forwards despite scoring all the points in Ulster's 16-11 victory over Clermont Auvergne to open their Heineken Cup campaign.

Humphreys kicked three penalties in addition to converting his own second-half try as Ulster came from 11-3 down to remain unbeaten in their past nine European games at Ravenhill. Humphreys felt indebted to his pack, though, in particular their scrum, as they forced the French on to the back foot.

Stephen Ferris headlined their efforts with a man-of-the-match performance, and Humphreys said: "(The win) just proved how good our forwards are. I don't think we took a backward step anywhere."

He added: "I suppose we're slightly disappointed to give them a losing bonus point.

"But nobody wants to come here. We've showed when we can play in bad weather and good weather. Going forward it gives a lot of confidence for Leicester (who Ulster play next)."

Regarding his second-half try, which was created by Adam D'Arcy's run, Humphreys praised the replacement full-back for making the break.

"He made a break from nothing and I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time," the former Leicester player said.

Ulster face Humphrey's former club Leicester next weekend, but the fly-half said a return to Welford Road would not change his preparations.

"That is (being a former Leicester player) just in the back of my mind," he said.

"I had a great time there but obviously I want to get the win on Saturday."


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