PRO12 RUGBY: Iain Henderson says Ulster won't dwell on past results at Scotstoun

Ireland's Iain Henderson will make his first start of the season for Ulster in the crucial Guinness Pro12 clash against Glasgow at Scotstoun on Friday night.
Ulster's Iain Henderson.Ulster's Iain Henderson.
Ulster's Iain Henderson.

Henderson made a try-scoring seasonal debut off the bench against the Scarlets last week and starts in the Ulster backrow.

Ulster have never tasted league success at Scotstoun in five attempts but Henderson has experienced a win away at Glasgow and is hoping the additions of Rory Best and Jared Payne to the match day squad can help in gaining a repeat success.

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"In my first season we played them in the European Cup and we beat them, which was potentially the first European match I played in,” he said.

“That's my first memory of Glasgow, however there's quite a large student contingent there from here so I had quite a few friends at the game so it holds good memories in that sense.

“But we're well aware over the last few seasons Scotstoun hasn't been our most famous ground for doing well in.

“We'll go across there knowing we have a world class side and players coming back in who haven't played for us yet will look forward to trying to leave their mark with Ulster this season in Scotstoun,” he added.

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“We're on a run of three wins, looking to make it four, and that's definitely what we're hoping to do this weekend.

“I don't see any reason why we should be going over there expecting to come out second best.”

Glasgow are fourth in the table after defeat at Cardiff last week while Ulster are second and Henderson feels the artificial pitch might play a part in the game, especially at scrum time.

“It'll definitely be tough. Glasgow are a top flight side in the league and they'll have similar aspirations to us this season.

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“However we're going over there looking to turn them over on their own patch,” he said.

“I think the pitch is definitely going to be a difference for us, but we've been training on the surface out the back there so we're trying to get used to that before we play them.

“The turf can be a bit more forgiving; when you're going backwards you have to re-adjust your feet and when you re-adjust your feet and someone's coming at you, then it can be difficult.

“We’re quite used to it because we scrummage a lot on the pitch out the back.”