In recent seasons Ulster have not gone into too many encounters domestically or in Europe wearing the underdogs tag.
They will do so on Saturday when they face Montpellier in the Stade Yves du Manoi. This is an attractive fixture, added to by the fact both sides won their opening games in Pool Five last weekend at another Heineken Cup tournament got underway.
Today’s winner will take control of Pool Five and even though there are still another four rounds to come before the group stages are completed, that is a massive bonus to have going into the head-to-head matches in December.
The importance of being on the front foot has not been lost in the build-up to both last week’s game against Leicester Tigers and the game against Montpellier.
British Lions hooker, Rory Best, admits it is a huge incentive to know how much a victory at this stage would mean.
“The winner of this game will go into the mini break with a home and an away win,” said Best.
“That in any group is huge, but in this group in particular it is massive.”
Looking back to the 22-16 win over Leicester, Best admitted there had been extra pressure going into the game.
“This is a particularly tough group - they all are I guess - but when you are facing one of the major contenders in the opening game and at home you knew you could not afford to lose.
“If you lose to one of the top contenders in your group at home the European season is probably over.
“In Europe you want to be on the front foot. You want to have the others chasing you.
“This weekend we know that if we win then we will be top of the Pool. If Montpellier win, they will be top and looking at the fixtures this weekend we could end up in third place.”
Although the difference was only six points at the end of last week’s game with Tigers, and the English side picked up a losing bonus point, the Ulster victory was perhaps more comfortable than it looked.
And that came down to the fact Ulster got their scrum into top gear in the second half and dominated the Tigers.
However, there can be no settling in period this weekend of time to acclimatise in France.
Best said: “It is simple. If we do not turn up from the off, Montpellier have the ability to put you away.
“They put 40 points on Clermont in the league this season and are an impressive team.
“But having reviewed their games we also know that if we turn up, play well and to our ability, then we can win.
“Last week there was a bit of disappointment that we did not take all of our chances. We went through a lot of phases and then a silly mistake would stop us.
“But it would be worse if we were not creating those chances and it is a case of being a bit more clinical and making the most of them.
“We achieved our objective last week and that was getting four points.
“We have got better and better since the start of the season and last week the manner of the performance was pleasing.
“Now we have to be better again this weekend.” added Best.