Ulster hooker Nigel Brady wants all the hard work he’s putting in on the training pitch to pay off as Ulster face Glasgow at Ravenhill in the Magners League on Saturday night.
Brady made his Ulster debut in 2002 but had to wait to 2004 before claiming his second cap and he is closing in on 50 appearances in the white shirt.
The Dungannon man has made the most of Rory Best’s absence and was one of Ulster’s try scoring in Paris against Stade Francais.
“I do a lot of scrum skill techniques with our scrum consultant Reggie Corrigan, Reggie has really helped me mature as a player and improve my style and confidence in the scrum,” said Brady.
“I also spend time on my day off practicing my throwing technique with some the other lads.”
“I want to make sure that I give my best to the team and you have to be committed to continuous self improvement to stay on top of your game.”
Ulster need to return to winning ways against Glasgow after defeat at the Dragons in their last outing.
Glasgow have won the last three games between the sides with two of those victories coming at Ravenhill but Brady is confident Ulster can do a job on Saturday.
“Glasgow is the crunch match it is a must win game for us, the attitude in camp is definitely a winning one and we’re ready to take on Glasgow,” he stated.
“We all know that we have to really perform this Saturday, every
one is 100% focused on getting our game perfect ahead of the match, we understand that we need to go out there and get a win.”
There is an old cliché in sport about winning being a habit, Ulster have claimed some big scalps this season but have also threw away a number of games in which they were leading and Brady believes the squad need to build up a winning mentality.
“The two victories over Munster, it was fantastic, a real moment in Ulster’s history, we had all been training so hard and knew the absolute importance of the wins, both for the team and our supporters.”
“Ulster are a fairly new team this year, there have been major changes over the pre-season and it has just taken us a while to get our stride, but now with a few wins under our belt we are more positive and totally focused on winning every game,” stressed Brady.
On of the new faces to arrive at Ravenhill in the summer was South African prop BJ Botha. He was part of the Springboks world cup winning squad and Brady admits he has been a big influence to the team.
“The new faces bring with them freshness in play and training and also new competition for positions, so it really keeps you on your toes and at the top of your game.”
“Playing beside BJ has been excellent, he has really improved the scrum and brought with him new skills and ideas which I have found really useful in my personal development.”
“BJ is a very physical presence in the scrum, which is always great to have,” concluded Brady.