Saturday 18 January 2020

Kiss feeling expectation as Bowe ruled out

Ulster will be without Tommy Bowe for the rest of the season
Ulster will be without Tommy Bowe for the rest of the season

Les Kiss admits he feels a weight of expectation on his shoulders to deliver silverware in his first season as Ulster's director of rugby.

The northern province have endured a series of near misses in recent years and are currently in a race to qualify for the Guinness Pro12 play-offs ahead of Saturday's battle with Leinster.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel that expectation to get it done or believed that it can be done," the Australian said. "To say anything less I'd be underselling the ambition of Ulster, the ambition of the players.

"Especially the players that have got two or three years left, I didn't want to come here and say, 'Give me two or three years to do something', I wanted to come in and say, 'Let's try and get in front of things as quick as we can'.

"We're still in the hunt. It's a really tight, tough competition. A win this weekend would be special."

Ulster will be without Tommy Bowe for the clash after he aggravated his knee injury against Zebre and, while they will welcome prop Wiehahn Herbst back to the fold, Nick Williams is out for the season with his shoulder.

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