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Europe can wait as Ulster make league points a priority: Ludik

 

Louis Ludik
Louis Ludik

By Michael Sadlier

Louis Ludik has demanded Ulster keep their focus for tonight's brief return to PRO14 action when they host the Scarlets.

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After two winning weekends of Champions Cup drama, this PRO14 game is being played before Ulster then hit the back-to-back rounds in Europe and Ludik wants no drop-off in performance against the Welsh side tonight.

The 33-year-old South African, who makes his 100th Ulster appearance this evening, has told his team-mates to forget that they are top of Europe's Pool Three and concentrate on the need for more league points.

"It's absolutely vital we focus on this game," Ludik said. "We have to win and kick on in the PRO14 and keep gathering points.

"The last two European weeks have been massive and we're really on a high

"Stepping away from Europe, even if it's only for the one week, still means that this is one of those games that we need to focus on. If you drop off in one game, it can cost you maybe a PRO14 home semi and maybe even a final."

Ulster coach Dan McFarland has made six changes in personnel for tonight with Craig Gilroy, Robert Baloucoune, Matt Faddes and Bill Johnston among the starters.

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Ulster are second in the PRO14's Conference A and have won four from six matches in the league.

Next weekend they play the first of two back-to-back Champions Cup games against Harlequins.

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