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Ulster must take care of own business: Kiss

By Jonathan Bradley

As winter turns to spring and the season inches ever closer to its conclusion, it's increasingly not just Ulster that Les Kiss has to be worried about.

With Ulster playing catch-up in their bid to make the PRO12 play-offs, they remain five points behind Scarlets who currently sit in the fourth semi-final spot.

After the west Wales outfit's improbable come-from-behind win against Munster last Friday, only eight points separate the top four with Scarlets facing another tough test tonight when they travel to Leinster.

"That's a game you'd probably keep a small eye on," Kiss said of the game in the RDS. "You take the wisdom from a couple of guys in the team who will say 'does it matter? No'.

"For us, it's just that whatever happens, it's only as good for us as we make it with what we do.

"The pressure on the table gets interesting at this time, but it's not only them (Scarlets), it's a lot of other teams too."

Regardless of what happens in Dublin tonight, if Ulster were to beat Treviso with a bonus point at Kingspan, their play-off destiny will be back in their own hands, even if there are tremendous tests in store over the final three weeks when they face the current top three in consecutive games.

"We did well at the start of the season but there were challenges in the mid-part," said Kiss.

"(To be in control again), it would be just reward for the work the boys have put in."

Treviso themselves, it should be remembered, have plenty to play for this evening too.

While relegation is not a factor in the PRO12, the requirement for an Italian presence in the Champions Cup means Treviso and Zebre battling it out for the spot.

"One of the key things with the teams we're playing this week and next (Zebre), is that they've got something to play for next year," reminded Kiss. "It's that spot (in Europe) and if we give them something, they're going to play."

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