Ulster flanker Nick Timoney is decided to prioritise factors over permutations as Dan McFarland’s males hit a Celtic crossroads within the United Rugby Championship.
Following final week’s defeat to Munster and up to date back-to-back losses in South Africa, the province is all of the sudden enjoying catch-up with time operating out.
After tumbling outdoors the highest 4, a house quarter-final and – whisper it – Champions Cup qualification itself are all of the sudden up within the air.
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Not that Timoney is able to be distracted by a raft of potential outcomes as Ulster put together for Saturday night time’s penultimate common season fixture in opposition to Edinburgh in Scotland (7.35pm).
“You possibly can spend time calculating factors and permutations however for those who win your video games, candy,” he mentioned. “We all know what the duty in hand is and I haven’t actually thought that deep into it.
“The depth is cranked up a small bit however you don’t wish to get too uptight specializing in the permutations. You simply need to give attention to profitable.”
Whereas ending fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth secures a play-off spot, Timoney is aware of the reward for a prime 4 end is a house quarter-final.
After at this time’s journey to Scotland, Ulster conclude their league marketing campaign at dwelling to the Sharks, who’ve muscled their approach into play-off rivalry in latest weeks, on Could 20.
“If we did find yourself with an away quarter-final, we wouldn’t be heads down pondering now we have no probability, however finally we wish to play at dwelling.” he mentioned.
“We like our probabilities at dwelling and we like giving our followers a simple journey to the sport. It’s actually not a case of ‘no matter occurs, occurs’ within the final two rounds.
“We positively wish to get a house quarter-final and that’s vital for the membership.”
Whereas Ulster have misplaced 4 of their final 5 video games in all competitions, Timoney insists no panic buttons are being pressed.
“We’re sitting right here disillusioned after two dwelling losses (to Munster within the URC and Toulouse in Europe) but it surely’s not as if we’re one million miles away,” he mentioned.
“We’re not OK with it, however for us, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We are able to’t lose perception in what we’re doing.”
Ulster, who final lifted silverware within the previous Celtic League in 2006, are trying ahead to a primary ever outing at Edinburgh’s Dam Well being Stadium – and its synthetic pitch – which was opened final 12 months.
“It’s going to be totally different and it’ll in all probability have a bit extra environment about it,” mentioned Timoney.
“However certainly one of our enormous enhancements this season is our potential to go to locations that may be hostile just like the RDS and Toulouse and we’ve obtained outcomes. It’s nothing new.”
ULSTER: Lowry; Baloucoune, Hume, McCloskey, McIlroy; Burns, Doak; Warwick, Herring, Milasinovich, Treadwell, Henderson; Marcus Rea, Timoney, Vermeulen.
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