Hooker Rory Best insists Ulster have no interest in playing the role of "brave losers" in Saturday's Heineken Cup final against Leinster (-8 Match Handicap). The Pro12 league leaders are aiming for a record-breaking third title in four years, but Best says his side are "in a good place" to win their second crown.
Ireland cap Best said "We are in this final to win it. It means more to all our players than any other game. It is not just about putting on a brave display, it is about winning."
Leinster (1/4 to win the match), with talisman Brian O'Driscoll and in-form full-back Rob Kearney declared fit to start, are short-priced favourites at Twickenham to become only the second team in Heineken Cup history, after Leicester in 2001-2002, to win back-to-back titles.
But having emerged from a group including the Leicester Tigers and Clermont Auvergne, won at Munster's Thomond Park fortress in the quarter-finals, and come through an edgy semi-final against Edinburgh, Ulster (+8 Match Handicap) are intent on seizing the opportunity to make their own history.
Best added "This why we play rugby, for these massive games.You need to embrace every second of that because it doesn't last forever. We have great belief when you look at the calibre of players in our squad. We fully deserve to be here. We are a good team and we just need to show that."