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Threat: James Hume says Ulster will carry the fight to Clermont Auvergne today. Credit: David Davies/PA

Threat: James Hume says Ulster will carry the fight to Clermont Auvergne today. Credit: David Davies/PA

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Threat: James Hume says Ulster will carry the fight to Clermont Auvergne today. Credit: David Davies/PA

Despite having already booked their place in the Champions Cup knockout stages, Ulster’s James Hume says it’s “full steam ahead” against Clermont at the Kingspan Stadium this evening.

The northern province can improve their seeding for the two-legged last-16 with a win against the French giants and also ensure that any potential quarter-final would be played in Belfast. For all the shifting permutations, Hume is only focused on winning back in front of the side’s own fans.

“We want to be in the best position possible at the end of these pool stages so we can get ourselves a home quarter,” he said. “We’re treating this as exactly the same as every game we’ve had in the European Cup so far.

“It’s full steam ahead, the boys are going to be ready. You’ve got to take confidence from that and bring that to our own stadium at Kingspan and get a performance out in front of our own fans.”

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