Best and Ulster ready for war in the front-row

British and Irish Lions hooker Rory Best is expecting a huge battle in the front row this weekend when Ulster hosts Saracens in their European quarter-final. [more]

Best and Ulster ready for war in the front-row

British and Irish Lions hooker Rory Best is expecting a huge battle in the front row this weekend when Ulster hosts Saracens in their European quarter-final.

Best will find himself up against a couple of his Lions teammates from the victorious tour to Australia last summer in Mako Vunipola and Matt Stevens.

Last year the two sides clashed at the same stage of the competition and up front the battle was won decisively by the English club.

And Best admits that this time around, there will be no punches pulled in what is potentially the decisive area of the match.

"Ultimately, if we don't, we can't win the game. If we don't get dominance up front we are going to struggle and that is something we pride ourselves on and something that hurt so much last year was that we got beaten up so badly," said Best.

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"A lot of water has gone under the bridge. It was frustrating that we didn't even compete, but at half six on Saturday night it won't matter what happened twelve months ago.

"It is all about the two teams that are playing this season. They are by and large similar sides. We feel that we have come on a lot and they feel that through their experiences that they have come on too." 

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