Monday 22 April 2019

Herring keen to right wrongs of early-season Connacht loss

Ulster hooker Rob Herring. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ulster hooker Rob Herring. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Ulster hooker Rob Herring is optimistic that his side can maintain their recent run of good form as they head to Galway seeking revenge for a humbling historic first Belfast reverse in 58 years against the westerners.

Seven wins in their last eight games has put Herring's men in prime position to consummate what would for them represent a rare double by reaching the knock-outs in both domestic and European fare.

"We have been boiling nicely over the last four weeks and we'll take a lot of confidence down to Connacht, it is another big game for us, an interpro, and we need the points to start making our way up the table," said the Ireland international.

"That was a very disappointing game earlier in the season and there is an element of making things right but I think we have come a long way since then, we are playing a very ambitious brand of rugby and hopefully we can go down there and keep that up.

"It wasn't our greatest game against Munster but we won and we know we are going to have to be better going down there. We have to stick to the way we are playing and try and get the win.

"We have had some tough battles there over the years, the elements can factor in quite a bit there with normally a strong wind blowing. It is a tough place to go especially in the Christmas derbies and there will be a good atmosphere.

"We had some close victories at the start of the season where we had to fight to the last minute to get the win. We have a pretty tight squad and we have a lot of young boys going through the academy who have played a lot of rugby together.

"You can see in defence we are really working hard for each other and backing each other up and a lot of the resilience comes from that.

"There is an extra bit in the games, they are very physical. Some of us are good mates off the pitch but on the pitch it all changes and you are playing for pride."

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