Skipper Dan Tuohy praised Ulster’s young guns as they finished the regular season with a morale boosting victory over Munster at Thomond Park.
Ulster now travel to the RDS for a semi-final showdown with Leinster on Saturday night.
“It’s not just the 15 or 23 that is selected on match day.
“ I think as a collective group it was important for the guys that aren’t involved next week to drive the 15 or 23 forward, and the quality of the guys outside the selected squad when they train they train hard and well and put us under pressure.
“I think that is when we get the best out of the starting 15,” said Tuohy.
“It was important for guys in maybe their last game in an Ulster shirt maybe thought it was the end of their season because as part of the collective 35 or 40 if we win the Rabo it is as much down to them as it is the guys that take the pitch.”
It was the first time he had led Ulster and he enjoyed the experience.
“It was a massive honour for me, all week I thought of something inspirational to say but before the game it all went out the window and I just rattled something of the top of my head.
“T he boys really bought into the week and there was a massive positive vibe.”