Ulster feel the pain

Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:37
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Ulster are still hurting from the home defeat by Northampton Saints that cost them home advantage in April's European Cup quarterfinals.

Ulster are still hurting from the home defeat by Northampton Saints that cost them home advantage in April's European Cup quarterfinals - and instead has pitched them in with a head-to-head against former Ulster captain and coach Mark McCall's high flying Saracens.

Despite topping their Pool with Five of their six group contests - including an historic first competitive win in France - Mark Anscombe's side missed out on home advantage as the fifth ranked qualifier.

"With the way the semifinal draw has worked out there is a massive incentive there," said Anscombe.

The winner of the game will then have home country advantage in the semifinals at the end of April against either Toulon or Leicester Tigers.

"The eight teams in the quarterfinals are all high quality sides, so there was never going to be such thing as a favourable draw," he added.

"It's disappointing not to be at home but we dropped our guard by not beating Northampton at Ravenhill and that has cost us.

"Hopefully we will get our injured players back for the quarterfinal. It is two and a half months away, so a lot is going to happen between now and then.

Meanwhile, there is that fascinating clash with McCall, who lifted European club rugby's most coveted trophy with Ulster's current Director of Rugby David Humphreys against Colomiers at Lansdowne Road in 1999.

McCall also coached Ulster between 2004 and 2007 and led the Province to the Celtic League title in 2006.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
EUROPEAN CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3