Monday 20 November 2017

Ulster can derail Clermont juggernaut - Marshall

Ulster's Luke Marshall. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Ulster's Luke Marshall. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Michael Sadlier

Luke Marshall reckons Ulster are equipped to tackle mighty Clermont head-on and get the result they require in tomorrow's crunch European tie at the Kingspan Stadium.

Les Kiss' team need a win against the Pool Five leaders in the first of their back-to-back meetings to stay in touch with the Top 14 pace-setters.

"It's high pressure, do or die, but I think these type of games and that pressure brings out the best in teams," said Marshall of third-placed Ulster's chances of causing an upset against a side who have taken maximum points from their two European games.

"It's really win or bust. But we feel that we're a top quality team and hopefully it is going to bring out the best in us.

"We know we have to be at the top of our game but they are beatable. They were beaten in their last game (away to Pau in the Top 14) so we know it's possible."

Meanwhile, Romain Poite will be the man in the middle for Ireland's Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 4.

World Rugby yesterday announced the appointments for the Championship, as well as the retirement of South African official Craig Joubert, who will take up the position of referee talent development coach for the governing body.

Glenn Jackson will referee Ireland's match away to Italy in the second round, while Nigel Owens will be in be charge when France come to the Aviva Stadium.

Wayne Barnes will oversee the trip to Wales, and Jerome Garces has been appointed as referee of Ireland's final game of the tournament, at home to England.

Irish Independent

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