Brady on a roll and ready to rock Leinster
Four wins in their last four games means Ulster go into Christmas challenging for honours both domestically and in Europe.
Brian McLaughlin's men took nine points from their last two Magners League games at Cardiff and Treviso to get back into contention for a top four finish, and back to back wins over Bath in the Heineken Cup has put Ulster's destiny in their own hands.
In January they have a home game against Pool leaders Biarritz, then follow that up with a trip to Aironi, and hooker Nigel Brady is hoping they can carry their recent form into the vital derby clash with Leinster at Ravenhill on Monday.
“Confidence is good. Bath were two massive games for us, we knew if we could get the results we wanted it would put us back in the mix and we managed to get them and everybody is looking forward to playing each week,” said Brady.
“As a squad we sat down and came up with some goals — we wanted to be competitive in both tournaments and so far we have managed to stay that way and we want to continue in that vein.
“It's important that we keep concentrating on each game as it comes and continue that momentum and confidence. If we can put ourselves in a position where we are competitive each game is going to become bigger and bigger, and that is what we want as a squad.”
Brady is getting a prolonged run in the team due to captain Rory Best's fractured cheekbone and he wants to make the most of the opportunity.
“It's part and parcel of the game — you never wish injury on anybody, but that’s the nature of the game. For me it is great to get a run and play five games on the trot,” he said.
“I've enjoyed it, when you're playing well and the team is playing well you can't wait to get out the next week.”
Brady has had a tough time in the front row with back to back games against Lee Mears, and it won't get any easier as he comes up against Leinster's Richard Strauss.
“Strauss has done a good job for Leinster, Lee is an established international and a Lion, so it's good to pit yourself against players like that,” he added.
“Leinster are a great side and with it being an interpro it's going to be physical and feisty.
“We know if we give them good ball they are talented and can play and have gas out wide, so we know we have to be hard and physical up front.”