Anscombe has Ulster on red alert ahead of Treviso showdown

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe

  • by Richard Mulligan

Ulster head coach, Mark Anscombe, has warned his players of complacency ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash with Treviso.

Naming the side side for the match in Italy, Anscombe has demanded the same hunger and abrasiveness as they did in a seven-try rout against the same opponents last week at Ravenhill.

The Irish Province secured a full haul of points to maintain their 100 per cent record in Europe and stay top of Pool Five.

The 48-0 win came on the back of a solid display from Ulster in both defence and attack, but Anscombe does not expect the Italian club to repeat their below average display at home on Saturday afternoon in Stadio Monigo (1.35pm BST).

“The focus is all on us. It does not matter about what happens anywhere else in this pool this weekend or anywhere else in the competition,” said Anscombe.

“If we want to qualify for the knockout stages then we have to win this game. After this weekend we will worry about what is coming up next. We have gone about our work this year on a week to week basis.

“I am only concerned about the things I can control and it is the same for the players. This week they know they will continue to control their destiny by going out and producing the performance which makes it four from four.

“We were in the same position last year at this stage and then got bitten at home by Northampton Saints having won with a bonus over there.

“We have got to be as hungry and abrasive as were last week and be scared that not turning up will not get us the result.

“We have got to have that fear factor in our belly.”




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