Ebene News – GB – Lowry says ‘intense’ Ulster v Ireland fight was perfect for Pro14 prep

Dan McFarland’s side faced Andy Farrell’s Irish side in a training match two weeks ago

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Michael Lowry believes Ulster’s full-force fight with Ireland in Dublin will keep Dan McFarland’s men in the know about the Guinness Pro 14 home stretch

The last national team warm-up before Six Nations a fortnight ago saw Andy Farrell’s panel lock the horns with the Northern Province at the High Performance Center

And Lowry believes the recent Dublin duel provided Ulster with the perfect focus ahead of tonight’s return to the league against Glasgow in Scotstoun

Johnny Sexton, who didn’t play in the indoor warm-up, called the recent ‘friendly’ ‘full but very respectful’ and the young Ulster full-back agrees

“It was awesome,” Lowry said. “We knew it was going to be a challenge, but I felt it was a challenge that we took on quite well

“Training at this type of intensity and at this type of level will only help us and we have learned the lessons from

“It was great to be up against an international team where you can’t have a slip as such and that kind of intensity throughout the session was great

“It was great going down and training against a team, especially during those four or five weeks when we didn’t have a game

“It was also great to have a challenge where we didn’t know what they were going to throw at us and they didn’t know what we were going to throw at them”

Lowry accepts that Ulster, whose lasting exit was a 24-12 loss to Leinster in Dublin on January 8, have no room for error before the final block of regular season matches

With just five games to go, Ravenhill’s men are hiding four points behind Leinster in Conference A, with only the group winners advancing to the final on March 27

“We obviously had a bit of a break and worked on a lot of basic things that we can improve in our game,” he said.

“It’s been almost like a mini pre-season and four or five weeks have been really competitive and we hope we can bring out that competitive nature against Glasgow

“We are looking forward to this next block of five games, but it’s one step at a time and one game at a time We know what to do to have a chance in the final”

Ulster is boosted by the return of Irish team members John Cooney and Sturt McCloskey, as McFarland makes seven changes from the squad that lost to Leinster five weeks ago

Kieran Treadwell makes his 100th appearance, while Glasgow include Leone Nakarawa, who joins the province at the end of the season, in their starting lineup

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Ebene News – GB – Lowry says the ‘intense’ fight between Ulster and Ireland was perfect for the preparation of Pro14

Source: https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/sport/rugby/glasgow-warriors-vs-ulster-michael-19872706