Ulster have lost a single game at Kingspan Stadium in all competitions this season.

Andy Friend's Connacht turned them over in the Guinness Pro14 last October, a 22-15 that gave the visitors their first win in Belfast in 58 years

That felt special, but should Connacht repeat the trick this weekend it would be something to really savour.

The provinces lock horns with a place in the Pro14 play-semi-finals up for grabs, and though Friend is expecting an almighty battle, his men can take confidence from their previous raid.

"It just goes to show how strong that home support is for them," he told RTÉ Sport's Darren Frehill when reflecting on Ulster's awesome home record.

"It's great for us to know we got that hoodoo off our backs and we can go there this weekend and let's hope we can do it again. They're a different side to when we met them in October, but so are we.

"We know we can beat them up there now so it'll be a great contest."

Quinn Roux is out of the trip north with a virus that's sidelined him for the last few weeks but apart from that, Friend has a clean bill of health.

It's been a highly positive season for Connacht. And the Australian has savoured every minute of it.

"We've got 46 players available at this moment in time," he said. 

"Unfortunately Quinn is not one of them. That's a shame because it'd be great to have a man of his capacity and capabilities out there for the quarter-final.

"I've loved it this season. I think we're a team that's building. We've managed to get 50 players out there wearing the Connacht jersey which is a great credit to the medical staff, the athletic performance staff and the players themselves. Seven of those men have come from the Academy which is a great credit to the Academy staff.

"We're in a good spot. We're growing, we're still building. To be in a quarter-final this weekend is complement to the work we've done, but I know we've got more to come."

Meanwhile, Ulster coach Dan McFarland is "reasonably positive" that Ireland captain Rory Best may feature after an ankle injury but winger Jacob Stockdale is rated as "unlikely" as he recovers from a hamstring issue.  

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