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Leinster boss Leo Cullen: 'There's plenty of character in the group'

Leo Cullen is confident his Leinster outfit have the character needed to go to South Africa and beat the Bulls.

The eight-time champions beat Ulster 43-20 in the quarter-final of the URC at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon and will make their way to Pretoria for next Saturday's game at Loftus Versfeld.

Finishing third in the table means Leinster, beaten Champions Cup finalists two weeks ago, must go on the road for their first URC play-off game since beating Glasgow in the 2019 final at Celtic Park.

"There's plenty of character in the group, that's for certain," said Cullen.

"You don't get into these knockout games by accident, so everyone is going full blooded at these games, so to still be going and have a sixth play-off game [this season, including Champions Cup] to look forward to is no easy feat.

"There's the players that are on the field, the players that have contributed to get us to this point... you have to juggle the resources across the season to still be able to fire at this point of the season.

"There's lots of different dynamics, that's the beauty of the competition.

"How you navigate your way through... we'd love to have a home semi-final, but this is the challenge and the next adventure that we have which is a trip to South Africa."

Leinster scored two tries to take a 17-0 lead in at half-time, while four more followed after the break to set up a clash with Jake White's side, who earlier beat Benetton 30-23.

Cullen added: "I thought Ulster threw a lot into the game, a very spirited performance and they're a team with a new coach, John Fogarty [Ireland scrum coach] is working with them... a few tricks around the scrum he has, knows our lads well.

"They fill the front-line, they're committed in the tackle and

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