Ulster's Rob Herring is quick to dispel the notion that, starting with basement side Zebre on Sunday, this three-game segment will just be a fairly relaxed procession of one-sided scorelines carnival with humour.
“Our backs are up against the wall a bit,” noted Herring of Ulster’s league position with eight games to go. “We need to put in good performances to come away with the win otherwise the season is going to be over for us.”
So, Ulster just can’t afford any slips-up at all but definitely have to do the business over the next three matches against Zebre twice — their second encounter will account for the province’s game in hand — with Treviso at home sandwiched between those outings.
“It’s always nice to have it (a top-four finish) in your own hands but now that we don’t have that control it actually drives you that little bit extra,” the 26-year-old South African admitted.
“We can’t afford to be complacent any more this season and if we want to reach the top four and achieve silverware then we don’t have many more chances,” he added of Ulster’s remaining games.