Belfast Telegraph

Ulster must start delivering on away goals, urges in-form Gilroy

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster must prepare for another test of their character when they pitch up in Galway tonight to battle Connacht in their last game of 2017 (7:35pm kick-off).

The province's away form hasn't been convincing this season, although they pulled off one of their best results outside Belfast in recent seasons when beating Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop two weeks ago.

The side were made to fight for everything in tough conditions that day, with Gilroy believing the win, and following it up back at home a week later, has the squad buzzing.

"We're in a great place at the minute," he said. "Now we face another big challenge, an interpro.

"Our away form needs to be consistent; we want to produce the same style of rugby that we do in front of our fans when we go away.

"It's been a good two weeks, but it's very easy to pat yourself on the back and say 'job done' when there's still a lot more of the season to be played."

Director of Rugby Les Kiss has taken the opportunity to rest some front-liners, notably Christian Leali'ifano and Stuart McCloskey, and is still missing more than a third of his first-choice line-up through injury.

Iain Henderson, Jacob Stockdale and John Cooney will be present, with Darren Cave winning his 200th cap.

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