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Marcell calls for massive Ulster effort

 

Winning feeling: Marcell Coetzee
Winning feeling: Marcell Coetzee

By Michael Sadlier

Marcell Coetzee is determined to pull out all the stops to ensure Ulster win Saturday's crunch PRO14 quarter-final Irish derby with Connacht at the Kingspan (kick-off 5.35).

The 27-year-old back-rower has been in outstanding form for Ulster in this his first complete season, since signing on in 2016, after winning his two-year struggle with a serious knee injury.

Coetzee, who has been capped 28 times by South Africa, wants Ulster to be in Connacht's faces from the off to avoid an unprecedented third seasonal defeat at the hands of the western province and vitally ensure Dan McFarland's squad progress to the semi-final at Glasgow Warriors.

"Connacht have got our number after the two times we've played them this season," said Coetzee.

"It's going to be personal (especially so) with the Irish boys going at each other."

Coetzee wants another huge performance to better the effort put in when falling just short in March's European Champions Cup quarter-final with Leinster.

"Good defence will automatically relate to good offence and if we can force them to make mistakes we can play off that," he said.

"If we can focus on our set-piece and match them we should get momentum in the game."

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