Sunday 22 April 2018

Tony Ward: Still a bit early to get excited -- but what a great start to Cup season

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

As we in this neck of the woods know only too well, one swallow never makes a summer. Equally, the first weekend of Heineken Cup action seldom indicates what might unfold come the business end of this great competition.

Two wins out of two at home for the provinces and one out of two on the road represents a satisfactory harvest, yet it would be foolhardy not to identify room for improvement in all four performances.

The best was served first up at Ravenhill, where Ulster, despite being without Stephen Ferris, Nick Williams and Roger Wilson, their three most effective ball-carriers, dismantled top-ranked French side Castres.

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