Belfast Telegraph

Bowe: it's now or never


By Jonathan Bradley

Veteran warrior Tommy Bowe has warned that Ulster are still in the last chance saloon ahead of the visit from his old side Ospreys this evening (7.35pm kick-off).

The province beat Edinburgh last time out but are still eight points behind the Scottish outfit in the race for the final Guinness PRO14 league play-off spot.

They also have Italian side Benetton breathing down their necks and looking to pinch a place in the Champions Cup play-off game.

And Bowe knows that only victory tonight will keep up the pressure and postpone his planned retirement for another few weeks.

"Yeah, there was great excitement after the Edinburgh game," he admitted.

"It was a good result for us, to get the bonus point over there.

"For us, it was important we put on a good performance too, and last weekend was exactly that.

"The guys are on a bit of a high but one win is not going to make our season. We have to back it up this weekend and we've a couple of big games coming up, two of them at home.

"We must build on that and we're looking forward to Ospreys and there's a lot still to play for."

Louis Ludik has overcome a back injury, meaning Bowe will start the game from the bench, while Darren Cave, who was rewarded yesterday with a new one-year contract extension, also keeps his place in the midfield.

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