Ulster not done yet

Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:15
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Ulster are through to the tournament quarter-finals for the third season in a row - but they still have unfinished business to attend to.
 

Ulster are through to the tournament quarter-finals for the third season in a row - but they still have unfinished Pool stage business to attend to.

The 23-6 Ravenhill victory over a battling Glasgow Warriors side means they are home and dry as far as knock-out stage qualification goes but now the focus is on earning home advantage as one of the best four group winners for the quarterfinals on the first weekend in April.

They go to Stade Pierre Antoine to tackle Castres Olympique in Round Six accepting there is still work to be done.

"We set out as a goal this year to make a Heineken quarterfinal," said coach Mark Anscombe.

"But we're certainly not resting on it and we're going to Castres next week with a job to do and a purpose to what we want to get out of that game and reward our fans with a home quarterfinal.

"I think if we don't do that we'll have let the supporters down a little bit. We know where our work's going to be next week if we don't front up there.

"It's also credit to the guys that they've achieved this and that's one thing that we can put down that we've qualified after the fifth round of matches for the quarters."

Chris Henry, who captained Ulster to the victory in the absence of injured club captain Johann Muller, echoed his coach's sentiments.

"I think the players know what's at stake now to make a home quarter-final," he said.

"We've given ourselves an opportunity and now winning in France is our goal. It's a massive focus for us."
 

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