Stade Marcel-Michelin, check. The RDS, check. Next stop, Thomond Park.

Ulster have done things the hard way so far this season and if Saturday's match against Munster goes ahead as planned then they are on the brink of a nice little treble.

A famous Champions Cup win away to Clermont was followed up by a United Rugby Championship victory over Leinster in Dublin 4.

Two mountains scaled by Dan McFarland’s men.

It’s eight years since Ulster last came to Limerick and won so their away-day tasks don’t get any easier.

"We went into this block of games knowing how tough it was going to be," said McFarland, who saw his side’s last two games called off due to Covid-19.

"We probably won two of the hardest games on paper that we would have had all season, but this game coming up this weekend is right up there with that.

"Like, Ulster haven't won in Thomond Park since 2014.

"Munster have only lost two games this year, they've had some terrific wins.

"Last weekend [a 10-8 defeat to Connacht] they could easily have won that, they had a period of pressure just before half-time where really that deserved a score and could have changed the complexion on the game.

"I thought their win over in Scarlets was exceptional and then that Wasps game, they played a lovely brand of rugby in that, it was exciting.

"This is a big test, I suspect they'll have a couple of their big guns back and they'll be hurting from the loss."

Ulster last won in Thomond in May 2014, the scoreline was 19-17

Out-half Billy Burns, who last week signed a contract extension with the province, added: "We haven’t been successful there in my time here, we taken some pretty heavy defeats up there.

"We’ve definitely improved and they have too. We know it’s going to be a hostile environment even though there’s a reduced crowd.

"They are a proud team who are very physical on their own patch and we’re going to have to match them on that front."

Ulster will issue a medical update today with McFarland saying yesterday that it would be mostly Covid-related.

On the subject of why and when a match gets cancelled, he said: "In my experience so far it's when the situation is considered that going ahead with the game is likely to cause more spread, or has the potential to cause more spread.

"If you feel that you have the situation under control, that's the way it is.

"Obviously there are situations where you don't have enough players, we would have played on both weeks even with weakened teams, but that wasn't the situation."

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