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Pedrie seeks out positives as Bath beat Ulster

New Ulster signing Pedrie Wannenburg capped a fine debut performance with a try and believes despite losing to Bath at Ravenhill it was a good hit out for Ulster.

Brian McLaughlin’s side succumbed to a 26-14 defeat in their season opener and if the new campaign is to go better than the last then improvement will have to be made.

Springbok Wannenburg, however, is highly upbeat about Ulster’s prospects for the season despite the reverse.

“It was the first game of the season so it really wasn't about the result, there is still plenty to work on and some of our players still aren't allow to play,” he said.

“We must not look at the result we must look at the positives, we kept the ball well in the first 20 minutes and we looking forward to the next game.”

“Coming to Belfast is a new challenge for me and the atmosphere was very good and that is a positive for us.”

Wannenburg was one of the bright sparks for Ulster with some strong ball carrying, strong tackling around the park and a piece of quick thinking for his try.

Like his new Ravenhill team-mates, however, the former Bulls player is still striving to gain the match sharpness he will need when the bigger games come around later in the season.

“I was a bit rusty as it was the first game of the season and there is still plenty of work to be done, we're looking forward to the next match,” said Wannenburg.

“This is really a good bunch of guys and they have made me felt welcome since the moment I arrived.

“Bath played pretty well and it was good competition for us but it will be all about the results at the end of the season.”

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