Johan Muller has told his Ulster team that they ‘haven’t achieved anything yet’ as they get set to face a Saracens side that the South African admits made light work of their challenge this time last year.
Ulster were beaten when they faced Sarries in the Heineken Cup quarter-final in 2013 and Muller knows that simply securing the top seeding this season doesn’t guarantee a different result this time around.
“Saracens totally outplayed us last year. They’re a great side and they don’t mind going away from home and getting results,” said Muller, whose club were the only one of the 24 competitors to win six from six in the pool phase.
“We haven’t achieved anything yet. We finished top of our pool and top of the log but a lot of great teams in the history of this tournament have been in exactly the same situation as we are in now and they’ve slipped up in the quarter or semi-finals.
“There’s a huge amount of work left for us if we want to achieve something great.”
January’s win at Leicester might not have resulted in a trophy just yet but it will still go down as an extra special evening in Ulster’s proud history. Ruan Pienaar’s 22-point haul stole the headlines but it was the level of support from the travelling fans that really stuck in Muller’s memory.
And, with Saturday’s battle with Sarries already prompting plenty of banter between the rival supporters, Muller is hoping that there will be an even greater buzz in Belfast as his side look to make amends for last season’s disappointment at Twickenham.
“I couldn’t believe the amount of Ulster supporters who were in the stands when we went around the field after the game at Leicester,” added Muller.