Bowe on ‘incredibly difficult’ task

Date published: December 3 2014

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Ulster and Ireland winger Tommy Bowe knows that qualifying for the Champions Cup knockout stages will be extremely tough.

Ulster and Ireland winger Tommy Bowe knows that qualifying for the Champions Cup knockout stages will be extremely tough.

The Irish province and 1999 European champions lost their first two matches of this year’s pool to Leicester and Toulon.

As a result their chances of qualification for the next round have taken a serious dent, with Bowe realistic enough to acknowledge that.

“We know that by not winning our first two pool matches that we have made it incredibly difficult for ourselves,” said Bowe.

“However, we have seen how other games have gone that very few teams have gone out there and got maximum points.

“Everyone talks about needing 20 points to qualify and certainly in the past that might have been the case, but this year I think that there are a few teams who could qualify with a total just short of that.

“We know we have a massive task ahead but we are excited about the next two weeks. When people write us off that is good motivation for us.”

Ulster’s opponents over the next two weeks will be the Scarlets, who sprung a surprise on Leicester in Round Two with a good win at Parc y Scarlets.

“We are aiming for two wins. We have also got to look at getting bonus points where we can,” added Bowe.

“At home (on Saturday), we would love to pick up maximum points but that can’t be in our mind at the start.

“We just have to concentrate on getting a win and then try to pull away from them at the end if we can.

“Obviously the Scarlets will be looking forward to this match too. They have won one and put up a massive fight against Toulon away, so it’s not going to be an easy game. We have massive history with the Scarlets and it’s going to be a great match.”

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