James Hume was relieved to put the “turmoil and hurt” of the last few weeks behind him as he helped Ulster to a victory against Edinburgh.
Ulster clinched a crucial win against Edinburgh in the Scottish capital on Saturday night to bring them up to the fifth place in the URC table and keep their hopes of a home quarter-final alive.
The northern province are now entirely focused on the URC following their defeat to Toulouse, although they dropped some crucial points last weekend by losing to Munster in Belfast.
Hume was speaking to Premier Sports after Ulster’s 16-10 win against Edinburgh and admitted that the loss against Toulouse was weighing heavily on his mind.
James Hume reflects on loss to Toulouse.
“It’s been a tough few weeks from Toulouse, I’m not going to sugar coat it. It may not have been fully addressed but you could just tell after that Toulouse game, it was just so tough to take,” Hume said.
“We felt we were the better team and we should have went through but for the lads, especially the forwards, to put in an unbelievable performance like that…
“I’d forgot what it’s like to play with rain. The last six games have been bone dry so the ball was like a bar of soap out there. The forwards gave an unbelievable effort to secure that at the end. It was great.
“It was just a huge effort. I can’t really put it into words. You saw it on the pitch, the emotion at the end. The amount of turmoil and hurt we’ve went through in the last couple of weeks was summed up there.”
⚪ @UlsterRugby‘s James Hume reacts to an unbelievably hard-fought win over Edinburgh
🗣️ “It’s just a huge effort. I can’t really put it into words.” pic.twitter.com/qUBfe64Suo
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) April 30, 2022
Final round clash against Sharks will be crucial.
Ulster sit in fifth place in the URC table, although they will be guaranteed a home quarter-final if they beat the third-placed Sharks in the final round in Belfast.
Both teams have the next two weekends off, as the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions Cup are being played, which means both will be raring to go on the 20th of May.
Ulster and the Sharks both have the chance to finish the regular season in second place if other results go their way, which would see them secure a home semi-final should they make it that far.