Massive challenge awaits Ulster at Scotstoun admits Jared Payne

Jared Payne
Jared Payne

Ulster are not letting anything come into the mindset this week other than going to Glasgow on Friday night and winning a Guinness PRO12 semi-final insists Jared Payne.

The Irish centre is set to return to the starting line-up for the game in Scotstoun having recovered adequately from a bruised heel.

Ulster will bid to become the first club in the history of the PRO12 play-offs to win an away semi-final when they face last season’s beaten finalists.

The victors will go to Belfast eight days later to contest the Grand Final in the Kingspan Stadium, and while that is a huge incentive for Ulster, Payne said no one was allowing their focus to drop away from the task at hand.

“There is a huge challenge facing us this weekend when we have to go to Glasgow,” said Payne.

“The focus has only been on what we need to do to get the win over 80 minutes.”

Ulster lost 32-10 to Glasgow at the Scottish venue last Satuday, but the side which started will not resemble the side due to go out tomorrow night.

“The guys who played last week did well and it was only in the last quarter that Glasgow got away on the scoreboard,” said Payne.

“It may be a different team which goes this week, but the challenge is still the same and Glasgow as a good side.

“We have to make sure we are at our best.”