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I fear we could be walking into an ambush: Ulster coach Kiss

Stadium switch and African heat spark concern

By Adam McKendry

Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss is fearing an 'ambush' from the Southern Kings when the sides clash at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth tomorrow (kick-off 1pm).

Kiss and his side were preparing for a game at the 48,000-seater Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, which has hosted all of the Kings' home contests in the Guinness PRO14 so far this season.

But the hosts switched to the unfamiliar 6,000-capacity Isaac Wolfson Stadium at the beginning of last week in an attempt to take the game to a new location as well as boost their awful attendances.

On top of that, Ulster will have to cope with unfamiliar and searing temperatures that have reached the low 30s this week in Port Elizabeth as the city experiences a heatwave.

"We might be walking into some form of ambush, but it's an interesting situation," Kiss said of the change of location.

"We travel there tomorrow as a team to look at the pitch and get our logistics right, but I think it's a great move by them.

"Would we have preferred to play at the other stadium? Probably.

"But this is the reality of it."

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