Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Heineken Cup: Ulster may not get a better chance than this, says Best

Rory Best is determined not to let 2011/12 end with a whimper

Rory Best says Ulster must seize the opportunity for an historic result against Edinburgh in Saturday evening’s Heineken Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium.

And Ireland’s most-capped hooker is keen to underline just what is at stake.

“At club level it’s easily the biggest game I’ve ever played in; it’s the biggest game Ulster have played in since 1999, so it’s a massive occasion,” said Best, who has represented his native province on 124 occasions.

“It’s the biggest club competition in Europe and obviously from our point of view we think it’s the biggest club competition in the world, though I’m sure the boys from the southern hemisphere would disagree but that’s the beauty of it. These are exciting times.

“We know how big a game it is, we know what it’s all about. But one of the things we’ve done so well over the last two years is that we haven’t forgotten where we’ve come from and how hard at times it has been. But also we don’t forget how good we are, too.

“So it’s a bit of a balancing act, having that little bit of confidence and that bit of a swagger about you, but also we need to be a little bit humble, too.”

Best is determined not to let 2011/12 end with a whimper.

“We don’t get too many opportunities like this,” he said.

“The game has a lot of meaning because it’s the biggest one a lot of us have ever played in; it’s potentially the biggest one that some in this squad will ever play.

“There are going to be a lot of very, very good Ulster players who maybe won’t make the step up to international (level) and maybe won’t play in massive international games. So in terms of a club game, this is it.”

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