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Ulster can take inspiration from comeback triumph: Piutau

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster star Charles Piutau has called on the side to ensure Monday's thrilling comeback victory over Munster is a turning point in their up and down season.

The province's performances have been inconsistent throughout this campaign, mixing wins over the likes of Scarlets, Wasps and Harlequins with a record hammering to Connacht and a shock defeat in Zebre.

At 17-0 down to Munster at home on New Year's Day, it seemed sure another forgettable performance was in the offing, only for a stunning comeback to see the side secure a 24-17 bonus-point win in the last minutes of the game.

Piutau wants the dramatic fightback to be a catalyst for a successful second half of the season, starting with Saturday's visit to old rivals Leinster in the RDS (5.35pm kick-off).

"It wasn't pretty out there but we'll look back at the end of the season and say we got points from this game," he said.

"New Year's Day, we played in front of our crowd, coming from a game when we were hurting, and we got the result. We can go forward and build on this."

Ulster train again today and hope to have Rory Best, Sean Reidy, Louis Ludik and Chris Henry all available.

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