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John Cooney

Ulster star John Cooney admits talk will be cheap if the side fail again in a PRO14 semi-final.

Going into tonight's trip to Edinburgh at Murrayfield (7.35pm kick-off) the province have lost at this stage four times since last making it through to the final in 2013, most recently a 50-20 humbling at the hands of Glasgow last season.

"I think we just need to remember the work we have done this season and last year," said Cooney who has started both of the side's losses since rugby resumed last month and will again be in the nine jersey tonight.

"We are sick of always saying that we will learn next season. It's important that we deliver this week.

"That has probably been one of the things in the last few games, we talked a lot and haven't really backed it up.

"I don't really have much more to say, I just think we have to go out there and try to perform."

Dan McFarland has at least the benefit of seeing three key doubts deemed fit to start. Having all hobbled off last week against Leinster, Jacob Stockdale, Jordi Murphy and Stuart McCloskey have each kept their place in the starting line-up, while Alan O'Connor has returned to the second-row.

With skipper Iain Henderson and backline stars Robert Baloucoune, Will Addison and Luke Marshall all already missing, to have been without any more firepower would have seriously damaged their chances of winning a first PRO14 knock-out game away from home.

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