Ulster eye a Heineken Cup upset in Paris

Ulster’s man of the match Stephen Ferris wants his team to end their Heineken Cup campaign on a high in Paris next weekend by beating Stade Francais.

Having robbed Harlequins of their unbeaten tag in Pool 4, next on the agenda is a first win on French soil in Europe in Round 6.

And according to the windswpet and rain sodden Heineken Man of the Match from Ulster’s stunning 21-10 triumph over the Quins at Ravenhill, the Ulster Class of 2009 are learning fast enough to pull off another big shock and have their say in who qualifies for the last eight.

“We may be out of the running for the quarter-finals, but we still want to finish on a high. We’ll be going all out for a victory in Paris,” Ferris told ERC Rugby.

“We had a good win over Munster a few weeks agao, but then slipped back into our old ways by losing to Edinburgh last week. before this game we said we had to find the way to beat the big teams on a regular basis, and the Harlequins are a big team.

“The weather was frightening and it was bitterly cold, but we got an early score and built from there. There was a lot of spirit in our side and we are trying to build Ravenhill into a bit of a European fortress again.

“Both packs were worn out by the end, but I think we controlled our ball better in the second half than they did theirs in the first. It was a victory that shows what is possible with the young group of players we have.”



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