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Winning ugly is still a pretty sight

Guinness PRO12 Editor

24 Mar 2011

Ulster back row Chris Henry admits that winning ugly is far better than not winning at all.

Last week’s last-gasp victory over the Dragons came on the back of a hard-fought home win over Aironi, with neither performance quite reaching Ulster’s improving standards.

But a win is a win at any rate and Henry and co have now notched up four on the bounce in the Magners League.

The Northern Irishmen currently sit fourth in the Magners League standings, level with points with third-placed Leinster and all set for a shot at claiming a first Magners League crown since 2006.

“At the beginning of the year a top-four place was our goal,” Henry, told the Irish Times.

“That’s where we are. We have huge games coming up.

“In the last few years the season has been over for us at this stage. The bottom third of the table is not a nice place to be.

“We are not the finished product but there is a lot of excitement in the squad and we have been able to win ugly when we have to in the way Munster have been able to do it over the years.

“Last week was ugly and it has not always been plain sailing but we are satisfied where we find ourselves and aim to continue and keep focused week to week.”

Ulster’s Play-Off run in

Ulster only have to play one of the current top three sides in their final five games. That match is away to Leinster on April 16.

They face a crucial clash with the sixth-placed Scarlets at Ravenhill in Round 19 and have one other home tie remaining against Connacht on the penultimate weekend of action.

Henry and co travel to Firhill this Friday to face last season’s beaten semi-finalists Glasgow Warriors.

Their final match of the regular season sees them take on the Dragons at Rodney Parade on May 6.