Ulster’s Jonny Bell building a case to nulify Munster attack force

Ulster's Jonny Bell.
Ulster's Jonny Bell.

Ulster defensive coach Jonny Bell has the task of going up with a game plan to stop free scoring Munster when the sides clash in the vital PRO12 clash at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Foley’s side are second in the table a point ahead of Ulster and have recorded bonus point victories in their last three games.

“There is a huge amount of fire power all over the park with Munster,” said Bell.

“It’s no secret Munster pride themselves on their physicality and they want to get dominance at the set piece. It’s about us making sure we nail that aspect of the game, that we have a strong set piece that provides us with quality ball and disrupts their quality from source.

“They have some players who are in good form at the moment, Ian Keatley is playing well, Earls is on fire and I think he has come back with a real freshness to him and he is looking very dangerous.

“Then you have Zebo and Felix Jones and any number of guys who are dangerous with the ball given time and space.”

“I think it comes down to making sure that we take away that time and space and if we can negate the momentum they want to get up front that will go some way to limit the opportunities for those guys with dangerous feet.”

Ulster lost by a point when the sides met earlier in the season at Thomond Park but they have the best home record in the competition - Munster have the best away record.

“On the score board we could have won it but if we are brutal honest with ourselves we didn’t play particular well that day and Munster were the better side, we know we need to perform at our best this week and we need to make sure we get our fundamentals right.

“I think when you come to this stage of the season and you are playing against top four sides top two sides the margins are very fine, you know that you with get limited opportunities so you have to nail them when they come about so it’s about accuracy and I think that is a very pleasing thing from our prospective that over the last few weeks is that we are starting to hit a bit of form.

“We didn’t have a huge amount of possession against Connacht but we were clinical when we had opportunities and when we had them we scored, we talk about our green zone which is the opposition 22 and it is about getting in there and coming away with some sort of points be it penalties or tries and I think we have been much improved in that area.”