Ulster must beat the Tigers in Leicester this weekend to secure a home quarter-final in the Heineken Cup despite Friday night’s 27-16 win over Montpellier at Ravenhill.
A failure to secure a bonus point proved crucial against the French side, despite tries from Robbie Diack, Ruan Pienaar and John Afoa and 12 points from the boot of Pienaar.
Coach Mark Anscombe said, “No matter what happened here it was always going to come down to Welford Road and nothing’s changed.
“We’re five wins from five and we’re proud of that and no one else is. It wasn’t ideal work but it’s a win. We created a few chances but didn’t quite do it as I said before the game if we got four points. If you have six fours you qualify and we’re on track.
“At the end of the day a lot of people started expecting the bonus point but that wasn’t showing enough respect for Montpellier.
“They came here to play some rugby and they did that and the more the game was unstructured it suited them and we didn’t help our cause there.
“We had moments to put it to bed but we didn’t quite do that and that’s something to work on and improve and fix during the week.”
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