Ulster: The Province didn’t “throw the book out” after defeats at home – Lowry

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Ulster's win over Edinburgh was a gritty victory that kept alive their hopes for a top four finish at the United Rugby Championship.
Venue:Kingspan Stadium in Belfast Date:Friday, 20 Mai Kick-off: 19:35 BST
Coverage:Live on BBC Two NI, and BBC iPlayer

Michael Lowry claims that Ulster didn't feel the need “throw out the book” after their home defeats to Toulouse and Munster, which threatened to endanger their season.

After the province's European exit, they suffered a devastating loss to their Irish counterparts. They were left with a difficult task to achieve a top four finish in URC.

They bounced back however with an impressive away victory over Edinburgh.

Lowry stated, “It's such an important win.”

“Yes, we lost a few times over the weeks, but it wasn’t about starting over.

“It was so simple that we needed to improve our game by one percent to achieve the desired results.

“That result was a positive boost to our morale, and it took some pressure off of us.

Lowry, who was previously playing fly-half against Munster, has been moved to full-back for the Edinburgh match.

Lowry was unable to make an impact on Munster's defensive suffocating defense, but he remains positive that there is a future in the number 10.

He insisted, “I certainly want to pursue it.”

“I want to improve my game and if I can get 10 down, it will make me a much better player.

“I am 15 years old now and have played internationally. I love 15. I work hard on my skills at 15, but I also work on the flipside. I am constantly working on the 10 skills needed and just working with Billy (Burns), and Mags (Ian Madigan).

“Just be a constant learner, 10 is one position you must constantly learn. Also, you should play some games.

“With the exception of that Munster match, I had not really had a lot time in the 10 spot. I was only able to spend 10 or 15 minutes, but I wasn't able to go and actually start a game since last year.

It will take time, I think, much like it took to learn your position at 15 and then to play well in it.

Michael Lowry is tackled by Munster
Lowry's only attempt at fly-half in this season's campaign came in Ulster's April home loss to Munster

Lowry, 23 years old, has had a great season. He made his senior international debut scoring two tries in Ireland’s Six Nations victory over Italy.

The competition for a starting spot remains fierce at both club and nation, with Ireland's tour party for their three-match Test series versus New Zealand in play as the URC’s play-offs take place.

Lowry stated that he is a competitor against himself rather than against others.

“I was reminded of a quote that stated that competition against yourself will make you better, but competition against others will make you bitter. I liked this idea.

It allows me to learn a lot more than just having a go against others when they beat me.”

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