Henry demands Ulster improvement

Date published: October 20 2014

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Ulster flanker Chris Henry has called on his team to bounce back against Toulon after their opening loss to Leicester at Welford Road.

Ulster flanker Chris Henry has called on his team to bounce back against Toulon after their opening loss to Leicester at Welford Road.

The Belfast side were completely outplayed in the first half of their game in the East Midlands, trailing 19-3 at the break before fighting back to earn a losing bonus point in a 25-18 loss.

That point offers some consolation after a disappointing performance, but with defending champions Toulon heading to the Kingspan Stadium this weekend, Henry knows that Ulster simply have to win.

“Everyone’s pretty hurt to be honest. We went there with a lot of confidence and we thought if we played well we’d get a result but unfortunately certain aspects of our game weren’t up to scratch. But credit to Leicester, they took it to us and finished off some good tries,” he said.

“Our lineout didn’t function at crucial times through a combination of bad lifts, jumps and throws.

“Our discipline again was poor and it’s frustrating for us because it’s all things that we can control. The discipline aspect is something we’ve talked about and unfortunately, still, in the heat of battle people are making silly mistakes.

“The game was away from us at half time but everyone dug in really deep and that losing bonus point could prove vital. We’re annoyed and hurt from last week but it’s about putting that behind us and getting a buzz going again for Saturday.

“They’ve (Toulon) won the competition two years in a row and they’re a quality team but I’ve no doubt we’re going to turn up and put in a serious performance. When we’re on the money we can put any team away.

“The atmosphere at the Glasgow game two weeks ago was incredible and I think it’s going to be a step up from that again this weekend. That will give us a huge lift as well.”

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