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Ulster v Glasgow: We never lost the faith, says Jonny McPhillips

 

By Jonathan Bradley

With their Guinness PRO14 play-off hopes on the line against Glasgow this evening (6.05pm kick-off), Johnny McPhillips believes Ulster have turned the corner after their mid-season slump.

Jono Gibbes' men have won back-to-back games for the first time since December after overcoming Edinburgh and Ospreys.

The wins have kept them alive in the race for third place in Conference B, but they need maximum points from this week and next, as well as another result to go their way, to book a quarter-final place. Regardless, every point has been vital to try and ensure Champions Cup qualification as they battle with Benetton for Conference B's spot in a play-off game against Ospreys.

"Leading up to that (Edinburgh win), there had been a couple of performances and results that hadn't gone our way," said McPhillips. "But the main thing was we had faith. It wasn't through a lack of effort, more things were going wrong for us defensively or in attack.

"We just needed to knuckle down and meet with the management and draw a line in the sand, putting a marker down for the rest of the season. What we were doing in training, we needed to make sure that effort was being transferred into results."

In what seems likely to be their Belfast farewells, retiring duo Tommy Bowe and Paul Marshall begin on the bench against a Glasgow side who have already secured their own place in the play-offs.

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