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Ulster can embrace Euro pressure and triumph: Piutau

Champions Cup Play-off

Departing star Charles Piutau has called on Ulster to thrive under the pressure of tomorrow’s do-or-die Champions Cup qualifier with Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium (3.05pm).

The All Black will be playing one last game for Ulster before heading to the Premiership for a big-money deal with Bristol, but is determined to make a final impression.

“In sport and as a rugby player it’s games like this you want to be a part of and in games like this players show what they can do in those pressure moments,” he said. “It’s an exciting challenge ahead, not only for myself but for the team, we’re looking forward to it and we know there’s a lot at stake and I’d love to leave this club knowing they’ll be staying in top level European rugby, and for the younger players coming through to experience that.”

It’s been a tough season in so many ways for Ulster, but Piutau believes the many hurdles that needed to be overcome have brought the squad closer together.

“Many seasons have challenges,” he said.

“But it has really galvanised this team and going into the future it’s going to make things stronger and make us stronger as players, coaches and as a club.

“Hopefully we’ll put on a good performance and finish the season well.”

Belfast Telegraph