European Champions Cup: Leinster v Ulster
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday, 30 March Kick off: 17:45 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster and the BBC Sport website

Ulster’s Rory Best says his side cannot shy away from the size of the process they face if they undertake Leinster in the last eight of the Champions Cup on Saturday.

The reigning champions never have lost a knockout match in a couple of decades.

“There is no purpose in attempting to make the match into some thing that is isn’t or trying to child,” said Best.

“We know that they are a quality side and you have got to adopt that and see it while the task that it is.”

Ulster impressed in the swimming stages with this season’s winning five of the six matches, but will still travel into the Aviva Stadium as underdogs against a heavily-fancied Leinster.

Under the coaching leadership of Leo Cullen and also Stuart Lancaster the state have re-established themselves at the forefront of club rugby in the northern hemisphere.

They like an 18-point guide near the very top of Pro14 Conference B having lost only 3 matches in the competition nowadays.

“If this really is the level you wish to beat, you wish to try yourself against the very best,” the Ulster captain insisted.

“They’re arguably one of the best club there has been and it is a massive test for us”


Ulster’s last Interprovincial European quarter final was against Munster in 2012.

On this occasion the northern state produced a unforgettable screen to claim an unlikely 22-16 triumph in Limerick.

“Some of our group were still at school them, which is frightful,” reflected Best.

“They’re the type of things that you can return and lean but fundamentally what we did from Thomond Park does not have any bearing in any way, bar that bit of confidence out of it”

In the last several years Leinster have enjoyed the greater of Ulster in knockout games, including victories over their provincial competitions in 2012 and 2013 finals.

‘A massive attempt’

After a disappointing 2017 18 effort, Ulster’s progress under Dan McFarland is overrun with their improved European performances and also position in Pro14 Conference B.

Despite this, a triumph against Leinster within their very first European quarterfinal since 2013 would definitely represent Ulster’s most important result for numerous years.

“To simply take a major step forward this weekend will take a massive work and it is going to get a big 80 minutes,” said Best.

“finished about Leinster is that even if you’re playing really well, in case you switch off for even just an instant they are able to produce some thing and that’s the evaluation – you have to be in your own match right through the duration of it as you slide and this sort of team will dent “