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Scully relishing opportunity to bounce back at Ulster

5th April 2017

Blaine Scully is relishing the opportunity to bounce back from Saturday's defeat to Gloucester, during the upcoming visit to the Kingspan Stadium to take on Ulster.

The Belfast-based province go into Friday’s clash on the back of six consecutive wins and sit in fourth place in the Guinness PRO12 table.

Scully is aware of the challenge facing his side at the Kingspan Stadium, but believes they can cause Neil Doak’s side problems if they concentrate on the errors that were made during the defeat at Gloucester.

“The real cool thing about being an athlete is you get another opportunity the next week and I think for us that’s really important,” said Scully

“It’s a chance for us to get back out there and focus on preparation and get all that right, then we’ll go out on Friday night and just get into it.

“We’ll take the lessons - the positives and stuff to work on - cause 50 minutes in that game was pretty positive. We’ve looked at some of the stuff we need to improve, fix and grow and I think we’ll be able to transfer that onto the weekend.

“It goes back to our preparations and process and getting that right and then build on this weekend. 

“It’s going to require everything we’ve got because they’re one of the best teams in the league and it’s a great, tough place to go. We need to be there.”

If selected, this would be the USA international’s first visit to the Kingspan Stadium, having missed out on last season’s fixture.

Scully is likely to come up against the in-form Charles Piutau in the back three, and the wing is excited for the opportunity to face one of the league’s stand-out players.

“It will be my first time up in the Kingspan Stadium, and we’re looking forward to that opportunity to compete. 

“That’s what it is every week - an opportunity to compete and demonstrate who we are and what we are as a team and try to get better every single week. That’s the challenge for us as a team is to continue to improve.

“Piutau been one of the best players in the league. Anytime you get an opportunity to come up against the best, that’s what you want as a competitor. 

“I think there’s still a lot to play for. There’s plenty of opportunity to go out and compete and represent our club and region.”