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Heineken Cup: Ulster hero Humphreys eyes more Euro glory

By Niall Crozier

Ulster Heineken Cup hero Ian Humphreys insists there'll be no old pals act when he returns to his former club on European duty this week.

Humphreys fired Ulster to the perfect start in this year's campaign, scoring the complete points haul in Saturday's 16-11 Heineken victory over French aces Clermont at Ravenhill.

The Humphreys-inspired winning fightback from 11-6 down at half-time sets up Ulster nicely for a tough battle this Saturday against his old club, Leicester Tigers, at Welford Road.

Looking ahead to his return, Humphreys said: “It was four years ago I left to join Ulster and a lot has happened since then. Most of the boys I would have been friendly with have all moved on.

“There’ll be a bit there but there’s nothing in the back on my mind really. Ulster is my team now; I’ve no feelings towards Leicester any more.”

Humphreys kicked three penalties and scored and converted Ulster’s try against Clermont. And it says something for the standard he and Ulster now demand of themselves that the point-scoring hero’s reaction was one of slight frustration.

“We’re slightly disappointed that we let them have the bonus point. We had a couple of chances maybe to kick on and get a few more points,” said Humphreys, one of several Ulster players sporting Movember moustaches to help raise mens’ health awareness.

But highlighting the significance of the result, he added: “ Nobody’s going to want to come here.

“We’ve proved over the past couple of years that it’s a tough place to come, regardless of the conditions. We’ve played in bad weather, we’ve played in good weather and we’ve proved we can beat the top teams.

“Going forward it gives us a lot of confidence for next week. We’re really looking forward to it.”

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