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O'Connor: we will strive to achieve more

 

Aiming high: Alan O’Connor
Aiming high: Alan O’Connor
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Having ensured a return to the Guinness PRO14 play-offs, there is still more to come from Ulster this season according to lock Alan O'Connor.

The side will play their first domestic knockout game since 2016 when Connacht come to Belfast on Saturday (5.35pm kick-off), the big clash coming just a month on from competing in the last-eight of Europe after a five-year absence.

It is a strong return in the first year of Dan McFarland's tenure but nobody at Kingspan Stadium is content to stop there.

"We've had a really good year so far but we're hungry for more and we're looking forward to this week," O'Connor said. "No matter what game it is, at Kingspan we're a proud team, everyone always goes out and puts their bodies on the line. You won't see anything less than that."

Ulster confirmed yesterday that flanker Sean Reidy is going through return to play protocols after a concussion during Saturday's win over Leinster.

Skipper Rory Best is believed to be winning his fitness battle to be involved while Jacob Stockdale is ahead of schedule in his return from hamstring trouble.

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