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Brave Euro effort proves we're PRO14 contenders, says Lyttle

Ulster's Rob Lyttle
Ulster's Rob Lyttle
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Rob Lyttle believes the province's narrow Champions Cup quarter-final defeat has shown they can compete for silverware in the Guinness PRO14.

Dan McFarland's men are in action against his old side Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium tonight (7.35pm kick-off), just six days on from their heartbreaking European exit to Leinster, but Lyttle is sure their showing in the Aviva is a sign they can mix it with anyone in the PRO14.

"It was not a win, but it easily could have been a win if a few things had maybe gone our way," said the wing. "But it just shows we can compete at that high level and compete for Championships.

"There is knockout rugby still ahead of us, it is in our hands. The quarter-final did not go as we would have liked, but we still have knockout rugby to look forward to. It is not like the season is over."

With just two games left after this evening, Ulster are second in their conference, a position that would see them host a play-off game next month should they stay there.

Lyttle is glad to have destiny back in their own hands after a five-game undefeated run in the league.

"During the international period we put ourselves in a very good position," he said. "Finishing those games now to get a home quarter-final is totally on ourselves, no-one else. We just need to do the job ourselves.

"Obviously now that we have gone down and shown we can compete against the best on the big stage, that is where we want to be and we want to keep that up in the PRO14."

Ulster are without Iain Henderson and Rory Best, the pair two of five changes from last week, but have Luke Marshall making his first start in 10 months.

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