Three Heineken Cup successes followed by a RaboDirect PRO12 Championship title at the fourth time of asking is the sort of achievement and consistency at Leinster that other clubs aspire to.
In Ireland the tide has turned in recent seasons with Munster no longer the kingpins.
Irish Provinces success in Europe (Leinster three titles), Munster (two) and Ulster (one) is impressive and the final two years ago between two of the clubs (Leinster and Ulster) reflected that success.
It has to a degree seen a bit of a change in the status in Ireland with Ulster now ranked as the number two province in spite of a lack of silverware to show for their efforts.
Success in Europe in the past three seasons in reaching a quarter-final twice and a final once has the Northern Province going in the right direction.
Mark Anscombe took over the reins from Brian McLaughlin the season after Ulster had reached the Heineken Cup final when they were crushed by Leinster.
In terms of measuring success against Ireland’s top Province, Anscombe believed at the end of last season Ulster were almost on a par in their ability to compete with them.
The margin of defeat in the RaboDirect PRO12 showdown in Dublin last May was just six points compared with the 42-14 drubbing at Twickenham almost a year exactly.
It is seen as a steady building process by head coach Anscombe and his management team and even though tonight’s clash with Leinster is a pre-season friendly there remains much at stake.
The New Zealander said: “Yes the defeat in the Heineken was heavy. In the Rabo we did not play that well but the scoreline was 24-18.
“In one sense yes the gap is narrowing. If you look at last season we played Leinster three times and only lost once, albeit that was in the championship final.”
The Ulster coach added: “We have lots of experience, some good young guys coming through and it about getting the right mix and how we play.
“It is about having that edge in our game. That is an area we have to grow and we have targeted that this season.
“We have kept all of ours so perhaps there have not be as big a headlines going into the season as there may have been say two seasons ago.
“We have a couple of local guys back in the squad now in David McIlwaine and James McKinney. Ian Porter has also returned and all of them have been training hard.
“Several players last year such as Michael Allen were stepped up in contract terms from development, although many of them got more game time than they maybe had hoped for given the way our injury list grew during the year.”