After impressive back-to-back wins over Toulouse in the European Champions Cup, Ulster can travel with confidence for Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 derby against Connacht.
Ulster will attempt to do what no one else has done this season and win against their fellow Irish Province at The Sportsground, Galway.
“It is another stern test for us and we are looking forward to it,” said assistant coach, Neil Doak.
Connacht, in second place, are six points ahead of Ulster (in fifth) and this is seen as a crucial game for both as they target top four finishes.
While Connacht’s injury list is expected to reduce slightly, Ulster’s was added to with the loss of Irish winger, Craig Gilroy with a fractured eye socket following the away win in Toulouse.
Rory Scholes who replaced him is expected to start.
There is the usual IRFU player welfare programme measures to come into place over the next two weeks, but Doak highlighted most of those involved on the National side at the World Cup are injured.
“We will freshen things up a little,” he said.