Ulster head coach Dan McFarland feels that his side have their work cut out for them if they are to prevent Leinster winning a third PRO14 title in succession this coming weekend.
The two Irish provinces meet in the final on Saturday evening at the Aviva, with Leinster favourites to emerge victorious after easily beating Ulster in the final round of pool games at the same venue less than a fortnight ago. (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 6.30pm)
Ulster looked dead and buried in their semi-final against Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday night before a heroic final quarter coupled with a last minute Ian Madigan penalty earned them a 22-19 victory.
However, McFarland knows that something even more special is required from his squad this weekend if they are to upset the odds and defeat a Leinster side that hasn’t lost a match since May 2019 when they went down 20-10 to Saracens in last season’s Champions Cup decider.
“It’s going to take another huge effort,” he said.
“We’ll have a look at our game plan and the way we play against them. There’s not many teams that find success against them.
“We’ll have a particular way that we want to play and we’ll see if we can implement it. We took a step forward in the second half, with less errors and looking more like ourselves, but to win in Dublin next week we’ll have to take a giant step forward.
“You’re happy to win a semi-final, it’s an achievement, but it’s the next achievement that you’re after, that’s to win silverware.
“We can’t get ahead of ourselves because we’ve not won a trophy and that’s ultimately what we want. If we don’t do that we’ll be really disappointed.”
***Watch the PRO14 final LIVE this Saturday from 6.30pm on eir sport 1.