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Zebre crossing will be stroll for Ulster

COACH Mark Anscombe has lost a focal point in Ulster's pack as Rory Best starts his rehabilitation from a fractured forearm.

It is more the pity when the Ireland hooker looked to be moving into prime form given how his throwing and contribution around the park grew in influence throughout November.

Ulster have moved into fifth in the League, separated from a top-four berth by the sliver of points differences behind Glasgow Warriors.

This is the time of the season when the big boys flex their muscles. The northern province has won five of their last six. This is the perfect Italian appetiser for rounds three and four of the Heineken Cup against Benetton Treviso.

Verdict: Ulster