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Anscombe delighted to make play-offs

12th January 2013 08:53

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Chris Henry Ulster Heineken cup 2012

Chris Henry: Focussed on a home semi-final

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe expressed his delight after his side clinched a Heineken Cup play-off berth with a 23-6 win over Glasgow at Ravenhill.

The result, which was achieved in atrocious conditions, means Ulster will clinch the top spot on Pool Four's table and have a home quarter-final tie if they beat Castres in their final group game next week.

"There was a job to do against Glasgow and we did it," said Anscombe.

"I'll certainly take a 23-6 victory and credit to the guys they hung in there and I thought they finished the stronger and scored a couple of tries.

"It's also credit to the guys that they've achieved this and that's one thing that we can put down that we've qualified after the fifth round of matches for the quarters."

Anscombe is already planning Castres' downfall. The Top 14 side have won three of their five matches in the group, but can't qualify for the knockout stages.

"We set out as a goal this year to make a Heineken quarter-final," added Anscombe.

"But we're certainly not resting on it and we're going to Castres next week with a job to do and a purpose to what we want to get out of that game and reward our fans with a home quarter-final.

"I think if we don't do that we'll have let the supporters down a little bit. We know where our work's going to be next week if we don't front up there."

Ulster captain Chris Henry echoed his coach's sentiments.

"I think the players know what's at stake now to make a home quarter-final," he said.

"We've given ourselves an opportunity and now winning in France is our goal. It's a massive focus for us."

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