We must take confidence in our own ability says Ulster’s Bowe

Ulster's Tommy Bowe
Ulster's Tommy Bowe

British Lion Tommy Bowe, knows Ulster face a huge task this evening when they face Saracens in a Heineken Cup quarter-final at Ravenhill (6.30pm) but if they have belief in themselves they can progress in Europe.

The international winger will start in side that sees the return of fellow British Lion, Rory Best at hooker and South African world cup winner, Ruan Pienaar at scrumhalf against the current leaders of the English Premiership.

A year ago to the day Bowe had just returned from injury and was a second half replacement for Ulster in a 27-16 defeat to Saracens at Twickenham.

“We did not perform last year and the best team on the day won,” said Bowe.

“They (Saracens) will take confidence from that win last year.

“But we have also learned from that defeat and we have to take confidence in our own ability this weekend.”

Ulster qualified as top seeds for the knockout stages from Pool Five and are the only team remaining unbeaten in the Heineken Cup.

It is also the first game in the redeveloped Ravenhill with a new capacity crowd of just over 17,000 packing into the Belfast stadium for the eagerly anticipated clash.

“It is going to be an amazing occasion. The excitement has been building for some time now.

“The crowd will certainly lift us, but we have to make sure we perform. Saracens will punish us for any mistakes we make so we have to make sure we are accurate.”