Rory Best urges Ulster players to enjoy final experience

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

Rory Best has urged the Ulster squad to enjoy the experience of appearing in the Pro12 final against Leinster.

"You play rugby to reach finals and to win finals but you don't want the week to pass you by without enjoying it.

"As the week goes on we will focus more narrowly on the 80 minutes but you have to enjoy everything that goes with it as you don't get too many," said Best.

"You can put too much pressure on yourself but if we perform individually and collectively we know we can win."

"Everything we have worked for all season comes down to these 80 minutes and we have the firepower to beat anyone.

Ulster wing Tommy Bowe admits to feeling "a little bit nervous" ahead of Saturday's Pro12 final against Leinster at the RDS.

"Winning some silverware has been our main aim since August and things have happened along the way which have made it even more important for us.

"Having gone through losing such a special person as Nevin (Spence) gives us added incentive, but win or lose, he will never be forgotten.

"We are going to need a performance similar to that which helped us beat Leinster at the RDS earlier this season, and maybe more. But if we turn up and perform, we can beat them."

Ulster skipper Johann Muller warns his team-mates that they are playing "a massively impressive side" and adds that "we must produce the rugby we are capable of".

"At the end of the day, you are judged on trophies and if we don't win on Saturday, it will be a massive disappointment," added the Springbok.

Wing Tommy Bowe believes it will be "a hectic game" against the Amlin Challenge Cup winners in Dublin but he believes Ulster are "fully equipped to do the business".

"We let ourselves down in the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Saracens, we didn't turn up, but the players know how much this match means to the province.

"Naturally, everyone is a little nervous, but also excited."