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Published: 11:58 | 18/12/15

Kiss fears Toulouse backlash

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss fears a Toulouse backlash following his side's emphatic Champions Cup victory over the four-time European champions on Friday.

The Irish side secured a bonus-point win with a stunning 38-0, five-try rout to reignite their European Cup campaign after their opening-fixture home defeat to Saracens.

Ulster travel to the Stade Ernest Wallon on 20 December for the return leg against Toulouse, and Kiss expects Guy Noves side to hit back strongly as they seek to get their Pool 1 campaign back on track following two defeats in their three matches so far.

"We know next week is going to be a different story," he said. "We have to be geared up for that. We have to enjoy this, but make sure we're ready for a massive backlash. We've hurt them and they're going to come out fighting.

"I'm not downplaying it, because we should enjoy it, but there's a job to do next week."

Kiss was particularly pleased by the way his Ulster players stepped up at the Kingspan Stadium, after losing Iain Henderson, Dan Tuohy, Darren Cave and Pete Nelson to injury in last week's Pro 12 win over Edinburgh.

"We knew at the end of that match that we had lost guys for a long time," said Kiss.

"The character in that game was evident and we showed it again today.

"I think it's not a plus to lose players but we got it out of the system there and then.

"It was important that we didn't lament what we didn't have and that we embraced what we did

have. We did that exceptionally well."

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