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Robert Baloucoune scores Ulster’s first try against Northampton on Sunday

Robert Baloucoune scores Ulster’s first try against Northampton on Sunday

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Robert Baloucoune scores Ulster’s first try against Northampton on Sunday

Back at the end of last season, Ulster faced their fair share of dead rubbers, the mix of the shortened league season and the ill-fated Rainbow Cup ensuring a glut of games when the end result would have little lasting impact beyond the 80th minute.

Those low stakes were the product of a mixture of Ulster defeats and a lack of emotional investment in the competition from the off.


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