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McLaughlin happy with bonus point

Ulster's first try-scoring bonus point of the season was perfectly timed as they went top of Pool Four after their five-touchdown 31-10 thumping of Aironi, keeping their hopes of European qualification on track after the first instalment of their double-header with the Italians.

Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin was delighted at the result, but warned his side that they will have to do even better next Saturday in Aironi if they are to emerge with another required try bonus.

"We've got the five points and we're exceptionally happy with that," McLaughlin said.

"We know we can do better and we know we are capable of better, and next week we'll have to do it all again.

"We've got to look at those tries we scored, especially in the first half, at the way we moved the ball and we've got to do that time and time and time again next week.

"In the second half we took our chances well and got the bonus point we needed, but next week it's a whole new ball game and it's only at half-time.

"Last year they beat Biarritz and they're more than capable of producing a big game, so it will be extremely tough over there and, if we're not on the money, Aironi are more than capable of turning us over - so we have to go and do a job."

Adam D'Arcy, Andrew Trimble, Stephen Ferris, Paul Marshall and Paddy Jackson were the try-scorers for Ulster.


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