Friday 26 April 2019

Ludik well aware of Munster threat

Louis Ludik. Photo: Sportsfile
Louis Ludik. Photo: Sportsfile

There is no time for Ulster to admire their recent handiwork.

What was achieved from the 10-point haul in the back-to-back European games with the Scarlets is now past and three festive interpros await with much potential to damage Ulster's PRO14 campaign.

It all begins tomorrow when Munster visit the Kingspan and a home win looks pretty non-negotiable for Dan McFarland and his squad with the next two games being at the tricky Sportsground followed by the usually unrewarding visit to Leinster's RDS.

Throw in the need for squad rotation and Ireland player management ruling out Jacob Stockdale and Rory Best from participating in all these interpros - Iain Henderson already being out - and the feel-good factor from Europe could quickly disappear.

Then there is the other matter of the last time the sides met when Munster obliterated Ulster 64-7 at Thomond Park in September.

"It's going to be very important," says utility back Louis Ludik of the Munster clash, "and we know what's coming. (Playing) Munster is going to be massive and we just have to be at our best.

"So we know if we're not up for it on Friday night, it could be the same result."

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