Sean Reidy relishing chance to build on fledgling partnership with Chris Henry
It was something of a bold call by Les Kiss to include Sean Reidy from the start against Leinster last week but, just as he has done all year, the Kiwi made sure his Director of Rugby had no regrets.
Continuing his break-out season, the man who will turn 27 on Tuesday donned the Ulster No.8 jersey for the first time as Kiss selected two opensides in his back-row with Chris Henry also getting the nod.
The experience of Roger Wilson, who went on to have a strong cameo off the bench, and Robbie Diack were held in reserve and Ulster negated a Leinster back-row that ran amok in November's reverse fixture.
Dual opensides are an increasingly popular tactic - Australia reached the World Cup final with David Pocock and Michael Hooper twinned to devastating effect, while Wales and Scotland both fielded twin sevens from the start at different points during the Six Nations - but for Reidy, the eight that he will wear again against Ospreys today is just a number as he relishes the opportunity to develop a partnership with Henry.
"Chris is a world class player," he said. "We're looking to create a bit of a partnership there. I played a little bit of eight in my day but it was really good (last week).
"It was a fast, flowing game and I think Chris and I worked pretty well together.
"I play wherever the team needs me. During phase play I'm really just another No.7; it's only at the set-piece where I slot into that No.8 role.
"In all other aspects I try and just be another flanker and be just as effective round the field and at the breakdown."
In this afternoon's last-day clash, Reidy expects Ulster to build on the momentum of the 30-6 victory over Leinster and finally cement their place in the PRO12's semi-finals later this month.
"There has been a real buzz about the place this week," he said. "It's really tight there for the play-off spots. We've got Scarlets right on our tails and Ospreys are fighting for a European spot.
"There's a lot of key match-ups this week but we've just got to focus on ourselves and go and do the business. I back our boys 100 per cent.
"I feel like there's a really good culture, a brotherhood almost, about this team.
"We're building something special with the coaches on board here."