Ulster have a chance – Doak

Date published: December 7 2014

Neil Doak believes Ulster have a fighting chance of getting out of their Champions Cup pool after a bonus-point win over the Scarlets.

The Belfast-based side ran out 24-9 winners at the Kingspan Stadium, running in two tries in each half, to record their first win of the campaign in round three.

That closed the gap on leaders Toulon, who travel to Leicester today, at the top of the group, before a return fixture in Llanelli next week.

And while no team has ever reached the knock-out stages after losing their first two fixtures, Doak is pleased his team have given themselves a shot.

“We knew what we needed to get done and I’m very happy with that,” said Doak.

“Credit to the guys, they stuck at it. When we played territory we put them under pressure and got the scores on the board.

“We got the bonus point and it keeps us in the mix and if we can pick something up (over there) it means the last two games could be in better reach than the first two were.

“With the conditions, I thought it was going to be difficult but we had a couple of nice plays off set plays.

“It was key we got the bonus and it gives us a fighting chance next time.

“We talked about getting four wins to at least get us there or thereabouts.”