Chris Henry wants first trophy with Pro12 final win over Leinster

RABO DIRECT PRO12 FINAL: Ulster v Leinster

  • Venue: RDS
  • Date: Saturday, 25 May
  • Kick-off: 16:45 BST

Coverage: Live on BBC2 Northern Ireland, BBC Sport website and Radio Ulster

Back row Chris Henry says Ulster must be at their best to beat Leinster in Saturday's Pro12 final in the RDS.

However, he believes Ulster are greatly improved from the side which lost 42-14 to the same opponents in last year's Heineken Cup final at Twickenham.

"It was pretty daunting being in our first final and the nerves won't be as bad this time," Henry stated.

"We're more experienced and have strong competition for places but it will take our best game of the year to win."

Henry is nearing the end of his fifth full season as a professional at Ravenhill.

The 28-year-old has yet to win silverware with the province and says the fear of losing another decider to Leinster will be a considerable driving force on Saturday.

Ulster's Chris Henry

Chris Henry is desperate to win his first trophy with Ulster

"As players we don't want to finish our careers without winning something.

"We have made progress over many seasons, it hasn't happened overnight, and we feel this is our time.

"We don't want to leave anything behind.

"If Leinster are the better team on the day, so be it, but we will give it everything and we badly want to win this one."

Ulster narrowly defeated Leinster by 22-18 in the RDS in a league fixture in March.

It was a result which helped them qualify for the play-offs as number one seeds, but the redevelopment work being carried out at Ravenhill means they have had to surrender home advantage.

"Ask any player and they will honestly tell you we are very disappointed with that, because we earned it," stated Henry.

"We know Leinster will be much improved from when we beat them there a few weeks ago. We're not naive enough to think any differently.

"They were missing a few players that day.

"We feel we're a better side than when we lost the Heineken Cup final to them last year - our set piece is better, we have stronger competition for places and we're more experienced.

"Hopefully that means we're in a better position to go on and collect silverware."