European Champions Cup Ulster v Toulouse: Next seven weeks will define Ulster's season says captain Rory Best
The next seven weeks will make or break Ulster's season, captain Rory Best has declared ahead of tonight's must-win clash with Toulouse at Kingspan Stadium (7.45pm)
Leader Best has also demanded the team show an improvement over the Christmas period.
The province will play the concluding five games of their European campaign over seven weeks starting this evening while crucial Pro12 interpros against Connacht and Munster are sandwiched in between.
"I think it's a very tough seven weeks, no doubt about it," said the skipper who returns to the side for the meeting with the French giants.
"We're not stupid, ultimately it's a result driven business, but we sometimes need to look at the bigger picture in that we have to produce performances.
"If we produce performances then the results will come.
"We have to make sure we balance everything over these weeks and that our performances are getting better because ultimately we want to get better, week on week.
"You can talk about how things are going the right way, how training is good, how boys are doing more work than they've ever done but it can just all be words if you're not producing results."
With Best coming back into the team, the hooker is one of seven changes to the team that beat Edinburgh.