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Ulster coach desperate to complete six from six run in Champions Cup pool


Dan McFarland
Dan McFarland
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland is already relishing the prospect of next month's trip to the fearsome Stade Marcel Michelin in France

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After his side secured a bonus-point 34-10 Champions Cup win against Harlequins on Friday, and Clermont dismantled Bath 52-26 yesterday, the two sides are on a collision course to determine who finishes top of Pool Three, with the winner of their January 11 clash seemingly sure to book their place in the quarter-finals.

"We have got two games left and if you top your group you have a good chance of a home quarter-final. In order to get that we have to get past a certain Clermont," said McFarland. "The Stade Marcel Michelin is a brilliant place to play and it's something that everyone should experience.

"We will look forward to that."

Even a loss in France would not wholly derail the province's quarter-final prospects, their four wins so far in the competition meaning beating Bath at home a week later would almost certainly see them through as a best runner-up. McFarland, though, is targeting top spot.

"We will have a star-studded Bath team that visits us in the end," he added.

"If we want to win our group we have to win both those games, it is as simple as that."

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