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Kiss calls for rare victory over Munster

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Ahead of meeting Munster in Thomond Park this afternoon (3pm kick-off) Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss believes the PRO12 schedule has fallen perfectly to maximise high drama.

With his own side's play-off chase going right down to the wire, they will face the league's top three in their final three games, including two games against Irish rivals.

"The derbies and how they've been arranged this year have been fantastic," he said. "Either side of Europe for the first ones, and a couple in and around Christmas, then two rounds at the back-end of the year.

"It puts a lot of pressure on every team and the Welsh teams are the same now which brings another flavour to how this is going to pan out."

Ulster have not beaten the Thomond Park outfit since 2014, and that game was played between two understrength sides, with Kiss admitting to being surprised by the stat. "It was fascinating when it came up in front of me that it was a long time since we got the money," he said.

"Last year at Thomond it was a four-try-a-piece affair, and it was close to the end the previous year.

"It's been close, but I think there's an average of four points in the margin or less, so they're tight affairs as all derbies are."

√ A much-changed Glasgow Warriors side cruised to a bonus point 45-10 victory over Zebre in the Pro12 last night.

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