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Leinster are ruthless but we'll meet challenge head on, says Callum Black

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster loosehead Callum Black knows he and his front-row colleagues are in for one of the biggest tests the Pro12 has to offer a prop when they take on Leinster in the RDS tonight (7.45pm kick-off).

The D4 outfit will have five international front-rowers in their match-day 23 for this evening's Pro12 semi-final but Black is sure Ulster are ready to meet the challenge head on.

While Rory Best is the only tight-five player with more than two caps to his name available to Les Kiss, the Australian has been able to field a settled pack in recent weeks and Black feels the unit is progressing well.

"Obviously it's a huge challenge," said the 30-year-old.

"If you look at their squad they've got internationals throughout but I think we're prepared for whatever front-row they put out and I think we're feeling confident.

"We're coming off a good run of games but we're still putting in the hard work and we know we can't rest on those performances."

One such performance was the 30-6 win against tonight's opponents three weeks ago but Black insists it'll be a different proposition in their Dublin home.

"We won here a few weeks ago against them but they're at home and that's another step up," he said.

"We've put in a lot of work.

"It'll be an eight man effort and we've been working hard as a unit.

"We're not really focussed on what front-row they put out against us.

"We're looking at our own detail. Back in that Leinster game, we had a couple of good scrums but there were times we switched off a bit so we need to put in an 80 minutes performance.

"Obviously any player will say it's great to have a run of matches.

"Everyone wants to start every week but that's not always the case so it's been good.

"We're working well as a unit. If the subs come on after 50 or 60 minutes, they've been making an impact.

"It's just about delivering on the day."

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