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Rob Herring ready to lead from the front to get right result


Ulster captain Rob Herring

Ulster captain Rob Herring

Ulster captain Rob Herring

Back in the starting team again, and with the captain's armband, Rob Herring clearly strikes a determined figure regardless of the degree of difficulty he will face at the RDS today.

With Rory Best having played the last three games - last week against Connacht and the back-to-back European clashes with Clermont - Herring was, naturally enough, benched, but that has only heightened his frustration.

The South African's last shift in the number two shirt was at Cardiff when Ulster managed to halt their three-game losing run in the PRO12 so some of the same is very much on his mind for today's meeting at fortress Leinster.

"I have taken a back seat the last few weeks and have come off the bench and added from there," says the one-time capped Ireland international from Cape Town.

"I have to sort my performance out from the start and if I am playing well I'll lead by example and that is probably the best way for me to attack it."

And, yes, Ulster know that there is no prospect of getting the right result if they fail to take things to Leinster from the off, hence Herring's plan to lead the charge, with the tone being set up front at the coal-face.

As Herring points out: "We have got great backs, but we just have to get them the ball.

"We know that if we can get them clean ball from the set-piece they are going to do some damage.

"But it is a massive task for us against a good pack so we have to deliver,"

He was there - again on the bench - when Ulster did the near unthinkable by beating Leinster back in 2013 and he does allude to that result.

"I think there are quite a few players in the squad that were part of that victory (in 2013)," he says.

"And I think if you look back at the last three or four years we've been in the hunt during our other games and it has come down to one or two good plays that has sealed it for them."

"We go down there knowing it is a tough place to play and that they are a great team, but we have nothing to fear."

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