With Friday night’s match at Ravenhill being their last of the season, Ulster’s players are committed to bowing out on a winning note.
Following six Magners League matches without a win, finally Brian McLaughlin’s side managed to bring that depressing sequence to an end by beating Edinburgh 37-25 at Murrayfield last time out.
That victory, in tandem with Connacht’s 58-10 Llanelli defeat by Scarlets earlier that same afternoon, means that barring a disaster of proportions unprecedented in the annuls of professional rugby Ulster will be in next season’s Heineken Cup.
Currently the westerners have a points differential of -174. Ulster’s for-against differential is -44.
Nevertheless Ulster’s players want a grand winning finale, not only for their supporters, but because if they are to match last season’s Magners League finishing position — eighth of the 10 runners with 36 points — they are required to beat their Irish rivals and score four or more tries in the process.