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Ulster Must Get Their Emotions In Check Ahead Of Do Or Die Clash

It has certainly been a season to forget for Ulster. A poor performance in Europe saw them fail to progress from the group stages of the Champions Cup, while their PRO12 showing has been inconsistent, to say the least. 

However, hope still remains in Belfast as the northern province look to salvage their season by securing a semi-final spot in the PRO12.

Les Kiss’ side currently lie in fifth position in the league standing, one point behind this weekend’s opponents, The Ospreys.

Ulster will travel to the Liberty Stadium knowing that a victory will put them in fourth position at their opponents’ expense.

That won’t be the end of the hard work, however, they face Leinster in Belfast next weekend on the final day of the PRO12’s regular season.

It’s safe to say that if Ulster are to reach the semi-finals, Les Kiss and his coaching staff will have to mastermind some pretty impressive back-to-back victories.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph this week, Kiss revealed that confidence is high amongst the players ahead of a huge week for the club.

“There is a high level of confidence and belief at the moment and that is what we are tapping into more than anything, but it has to be on the back of meeting the challenge.”

Ulster are without a number of key players such as Chirs Henry, Jared Payne, Darren Cave and Clive Ross but Kiss believes that the key to victory will be down to the mental state of his players when put under pressure.

“A lot of the game at this time of the year is mental, a lot of it at this time of the year is emotional and when you have that battle you still have to have that steel and composure to apply your plan accurately.”

A win this weekend would provide the perfect antidote to what has been a disappointing season for Ulster fans.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter