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Kiss determined to get back into the winning habit

Guinness PRO12

By Jonathan Bradley

With Glasgow in town for a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash this afternoon (3pm kick-off), Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss wants to see his side do a Scottish double and build on the momentum of last week's bonus-point triumph over Edinburgh.

The province are still sixth in the standings after getting back to winning ways eight days ago, and have put together consecutive victories just once since the first month of the season, but with three games against Italian sides to follow the visit of Gregor Townsend's men today, there is a real chance to get on something of a roll.

"The dressing room is different for a start," said the Australian after his side snapped a four-game losing streak.

"We have also accepted that we did not finish the Edinburgh game as well as we would have liked, but there are two paths we can take.

"We can get down on ourselves continually about a few wee things in the second half or we can focus on one or two things and then try and build on the things that we did well in the first half. That is important for us.

"If we can do all we did well throughout the game against Edinburgh again this weekend, we will be in a good place.

"Glasgow have disappointed themselves losing to Scarlets at home last weekend. They will be keen to get something out of this game that is for sure, and we will need to put another layer on top of what we did in the first half against Edinburgh."

Kiss has been bolstered by returns from injury and international commitments, but expects the game to hinge on the battle at the breakdown.

With Chris Henry again captaining the squad from openside, Sean Reidy is promoted to the starting team and joins last week's notable debutant Marcell Coetzee in the back-row.

"It's a strong line-up they have out there," added Kiss.

"Their back-row with (Rob) Harley, (Simone) Favaro and (Adam) Ashe are very clever customers.

"Hopefully our lot of (Sean) Reidy, (Chris) Henry and (Marcell) Coetzee can handle them because that's going to be key to the game I think.

"The conditions look good so it could be an exciting game for the fans but it's set up to be one of those classic battles with Glasgow."

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