Ulster Defence Coach Calls for Carryover of Confidence from Racing Victory into Connacht Clash

Ulster’s defence coach, Jonny Bell, emphasizes the importance of carrying the newfound confidence from their triumph over Racing 92 into the upcoming URC match against Connacht. The Belfast-based team secured a significant victory against the Top 14 leaders in the Champions Cup, ending a three-match losing streak.

Speaking at Ulster’s media conference, Bell expressed the team’s self-assurance, noting the challenges posed by Connacht. Despite acknowledging Connacht’s prowess, especially after scoring five tries against Saracens, Bell highlights the necessity for Ulster to translate the confidence gained from the Racing victory onto the pitch.

Ulster, currently seventh in the table with 20 points, faces Connacht, just one point behind, at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday. Reflecting on Connacht’s physicality and attacking capabilities, Bell stresses the need for Ulster to assert their own game plan.

The defence coach emphasizes the significance of winning as a confidence booster and acknowledges the growing attacking intent within the team. He points out that while creating opportunities was not always capitalized on in previous games, the Racing match showcased a more intentful approach, providing a source of confidence for the upcoming challenges.

Bell addresses the criticism faced by the team during a recent poor run of results but underscores the importance of internal belief and maintaining balance amid highs and lows in professional sports.