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Henderson vows to strike fear into Clermont in Euro glory bid

Iain Henderson
Iain Henderson
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster skipper Iain Henderson wants the province to build on the Kingspan Stadium fear factor when Clermont visit for a key Champions Cup clash this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

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With both sides having began their campaigns with wins last weekend, tonight's result could be hugely influential come the end of the pool, with Henderson looking to make a statement early against the star-studded French visitors.

"When you get them on the road you have to get in their face and ensure they know from the start of the game who's ground they're playing at and who's going to be turning up," he said.

"That's what we always try to do anyway here but we will put an extra emphasis on to make sure we are turning up right from the start of the game.

"It's exciting getting teams here you don't usually play against, a lot of the guys relish getting to play against players you don't normally play against.

"To see a team coming over who have done so well in recent years on the European and French stage, it gives guys an opportunity to have a crack and ensure this stadium holds a wee bit of fear for anyone else coming over," said Henderson.

Tonight's starting tighthead Marty Moore has committed his future to the province by signing a two-year extension at Kingspan Stadium.

A key figure since arriving from Wasps, Moore has again been in good form since making his return from injury a fortnight ago.

"I've settled in really well at Ulster and have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club, so I'm delighted to be able to get a deal sorted for another two years," said the 28-year-old.

"Working with the coaches and wider support staff, I feel like I still have a lot of potential to improve, and I'm enjoying that process."

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