Determined Darren Cave craves silverware with Ulster

Darren Cave
Darren Cave

It’s been nine years since David Humphreys’ drop goal at the Ospreys crowned Ulster as domestic league champions.

That was the last bit of silverware the province has lifted in spite of reaching Heineken Cup and Pro12 finals.

Centre Darren Cave is hoping to break the drought but Ulster must become the first side to win a Pro12 semi-final away from home if they have any chance of lifting the trophy.

“I’ve spoken fairly openly about how we want to win a trophy. Glasgow have taken all the momentum into the game, they’ve finished top so on that front they are the best team in the league,” said Cave.

“While we want to win a trophy, they are the favourites and we’ve nothing to lose on that front.

“I don’t think the pressure is on us. I think the way the results went at the weekend proved our decision to rest players was the right one.

“We’re going there feeling we are playing the best team in the league away from home so it’s theirs to lose.

“The league’s not that old, and in the other competition we play in they say one out of four wins every year so if you’re using that same formula you’ll have one away win every two years and I suppose that means there is one due to happen.”

Cave has won at some of the biggest grounds in Europe and is confident Ulster can become the first side in 10 attempts to win a last four game on the road.

“I’ve won in Montpellier, Castres, I’ve won in Leinster, I’ve won in Munster, I’ve won in Glasgow, I’ve won in Leicester, I’ve won in Bath.”

A win at Scotstoun and Ulster will have home advantage in the final.

“If you’re totally honest, it (the final) is in the back of your mind.

“It’s probably not the excitement of playing in one, it’s the fear of having one in Belfast and not being in it.

“We’ve played in home semi-finals, we’ve played in home quarter-finals and they’re brilliant, but it’s probably the fear of one being here without us.

“If we needed any more motivation, that’s probably it but the way we’re approaching this game, where the final is absolutely irrelevant.”