It will be all shoulders to the pump on both sides of the coin tonight as Ulster welcome Munster to Belfast for a crucial United Rugby Championship quarter-final.
Both sides have endured disappointing seasons thus far, with exits from the Heineken Champions Cup an obvious blow amid the better fortunes of their provincial superiors Leinster.
Leinster ultimately went on to lose a heart-stopping final against La Rochelle, but the gulf between them and the two sides playing tonight will not be lost on supporters of either Ulster or Munster.
For Ulster, 16 years have elapsed since they claimed this title. Meanwhile, Munster have not won a trophy in 11 years.
And as the curtain begins to come down on the Johann van Graan era at Munster, both he and his side will be urgently hunting down some much-needed silverware to put a gloss of sorts on a barren run during his reign.
Munster will have the services of No.8 Gavin Coombes for the first time since April and also welcome back Peter O’Mahony and Andrew Conway, but Tadhg Beirne and Jack O’Donoghue remain out through injury.
Ulster will be without full-back Mike Lowry, with Stewart Moore coming in at No.15.
Ahead of three quarter-finals taking place tomorrow, this all-Irish affair could set the tone for an intense weekend of high-stakes rugby.
The game kicks off at 7.35pm and will be shown live on TG4 and Premier Sports 2.
You can also keep up to date with all of the action through the Irish Mirror’s live blog of the game.
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