Determined skipper Rory Best craves PRO12 glory with Ulster

Ulster captain Rory Best (front centre) would love to lift the Guinness PRO12 this season

Ulster captain Rory Best (front centre) would love to lift the Guinness PRO12 this season

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Rory Best wants more than anything to lift a trophy with Ulster.

The Ireland and Ulster skipper admitted this week that one of his biggest regrets in a glittering career to date has not being able to lift anything with his Province.

Ulster are back on that trophy trail again on Friday night with a Guinness PRO12 semi-final against arch rivals Leinster at the RDS, Dublin (7.45pm).

History may be against Ulster and away teams in PRO12 play-off history – no team has ever won away – but Best was not allowing that to get in the way of a possible path to Murrayfield on Saturday week when the PRO12 final will be played.

“There has been a lot made of the fact we have not won anything in 10 years and we have been consistent in making the play-offs,” said Best.

“Every year we feel we are geared up for it but when we get to the end of the season we are hanging by a thread with injuries.

“This year it feels a little different in that we are peaking at the right time and we almost have a full squad. It has been a settled 23 over the last three or four games and it is going for us.”

Best said the motivation for him was always to perform – no matter what colour the jersey he was wearing.

“I make no secret that I have won a few things in my time, but I think one of the biggest regrets is that I have not been able to lift anything with Ulster.

“We finished top of the table in 2006 and won the title, but to go through a play-off system and get to a final where there are just two teams in it and to win that would be a massive thing for me.

“Obviously we have a tough 80 minutes to get through before we think about that – but the motivation remains with me to lift a trophy with Ulster.”