McLaughlin - Ulster capable of glory

Brian McLaughlin

Brian McLaughlin

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Ulster head coach Brian McLaughlin insisted there is more to come from his side after they battled to a 22-19 victory over Edinburgh to reach the Heineken Cup final.

Ruan Pienaar kicked 17 points and pulled the strings expertly behind a dominant pack as Ulster booked a showdown with either Leinster or Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on May 19.

"We are delighted to be where we are. It was exceptionally tough," said McLaughlin, who is leaving the role at the end of the season. "We are looking forward to getting to Twickenham and showing we can dog it out like we did today but also we are a very capable rugby side."

He added: "We were ruthless in the first half. We had one opportunity and got seven points from it.

"Ruan was outstanding. In the second half we got more possession, more territory and the opportunities came.

"The one thing that pleased me was the set scrum, it was outstanding. All credit to the forwards. They scrummaged exceptionally well.

"It was an outstanding effort when we had 14 guys on the pitch. We won that period 3-0. We looked as if we still had 15 on the pitch."

Despite being distinctly second best in the set-piece, Edinburgh did create chances but they could not apply the finishing touches.

"We are disappointed and a little bit frustrated," said boss Michael Bradley. "We had enough opportunities to build a bigger points total than we did.

"In the second half Ulster shut us down a little bit more. They stifled our ability to play attacking rugby. Ulster got the upper hand in the scrum but we had chances to win the game."

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