Anscombe vows his Ulster side will bounce back for Pro12 run-in

Mark Anscombe says Ulster will regroup for Pro12 run-in

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe has vowed that his injury-ravaged side will bounce back from the devastating Heineken Cup defeat by Saracens and make a "good go" at winning the Pro12.

"This season is not over and we're not going to feel sorry for ourselves," Anscombe told BBC Sport NI.

"We are determined to show people what we are made of."

Anscombe's side resume their Pro12 campaign with a home game against in-form Connacht on Friday.

A long injury list means Anscombe will be without more than half a dozen regular starters with Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar looking likely to miss the remainder of the season.

In addition, Roger Wilson and Dan Tuohy will be ruled out until next month while more short-term knocks mean John Afoa and Andrew Trimble will miss Friday's Ravenhill contest.

Added to that, Jared Payne will be absent after being handed a two-week ban following his sending off against Saracens.

The Ulster coach is expecting a tough challenge from Pat Lam's Connacht side but the Ravenhill boss is confident his fit players will approach the game in the right manner despite their crushing disappointment last weekend.

"We're out of the [Heineken Cup] competition and we can feel sorry for ourselves or we can get back on the horse.

"We've had a good talk with the players about how we want to remember the year.

"Are we going to judge the whole season on one event or are we going to show people what we are about and get on and do a job in this Pro12?

"It's going to be a tough game [against Connacht] but we've got to come out here and get a win and take it from there."

Prior to an unlucky 32-30 defeat by the Scarlets two weeks ago, Connacht had won four straight Pro12 matches and - after being bottom of the table in early February - Lam's side are now in eighth position.

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