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Monday 20 November 2017

Henry hopes 'cup-final' mentality will propel Ulster push

Downhearted Ireland duo Rory Best and Stephen Ferris, along with an ecstatic Scottish winger Simon Danielli, will start for Ulster when they visit the Blues at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night.

Internationals Paddy Wallace, Andrew Trimble and Tom Court will also be in the starting line-up as Ulster strive to keep their very slim hopes of a Magners League play-off spot alive.

One new face in Ulster's 30-man squad is Academy scrum-half Michael Heaney, who was part of the recent Ireland U-20 Six Nations championship-winning squad. Heaney gets his call-up due to the unfortunate injury to Cillian Willis, who broke his leg playing for The Ravens against Connacht last Thursday.

Leinster-bound Isaac Boss will again start at pivot with Ed O'Donoghue, who is also heading to the RDS at the end of the season, in at lock alongside Dan Tuohy. Chris Henry, who leads the side despite the return of Best and Wallace, says that they have not given up hope just yet in reaching the knock-out stages.

"Some of the recent results have gone our way with teams taking points of each other, so we will aim to win our last remaining six matches," said Henry. "We will take inspiration from what happened when we went into the Bath game in our last European Cup match.

"Back in January, we knew that we were not going to top the pool, but there was something to play for and we really turned it on. The same mentality will apply now. Every game will be like a cup final."

Irish Independent

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