Belfast Telegraph

We don't want any semi-final regrets: Best

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster skipper Rory Best goes into tonight's Guinness Pro12 semi-final with Leinster in Dublin (7.45pm kick-off) determined to come away with no regrets.

Ireland's most-capped hooker, and Joe Schmidt's current captain, is one of the province's most decorated players of recent times but has won only 2006's Celtic League with the Kingspan outfit.

"For me the motivation is always to perform," he said before making the familiar trip to the RDS where Ulster have lost three Pro12 knock-out games.

"I have won a few things in my time but one of the biggest regrets is that I haven't been able to lift anything as captain of Ulster. A win would be a massive thing for me to be involved in.

"Obviously we have a massive 80 minutes before we think about that but the motivation for me is to lift a trophy with Ulster."

The winner of tonight's clash will play either Connacht or Glasgow in Murrayfield next Saturday for the Pro12 title and Les Kiss has named an unchanged match-day squad for the derby.

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