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Ulster seeking perfect path to progress - McBurney

 

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Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Hooker Adam McBurney believes Ulster must win six from six in their Champions Cup pool to claim a home quarter-final.

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Belfast has hosted a European knock-out tie on just two occasions but Dan McFarland's men have started their campaign with three wins from three.

After last weekend's close shave against Harlequins, the province face the same opposition on Friday night before rounding out the pool against Clermont and Bath next month.

"We're three out of three, and we're ecstatic with that, but we can't get complacent now," said McBurney.

"We know we have to have five-to-10% better again, especially for the away games. We have two now, and it is a massive test to go away from home in Europe, with one in England and one in France.

"For us, we know we have to keep getting better, we just can't be happy with three from three and, if we want to get a home quarter-final, we need to win all our games, it's as simple as that.

"Clermont are in a great position and we have to go there and play them. They have a couple of bonus points too so, if we slip up on Friday night, we could be in trouble, but that is not what we are planning to do."

Ulster yesterday confirmed reports that Robert Baloucoune is out with a knee injury but Marcell Coetzee appears fit to take his place at The Stoop.

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