Heineken Champions Cup: Ulster v Northampton, Kingspan Stadium, Friday, 8pm – Live on BT SportA magnificent victory over Clermont Auvergne last weekend, the return of their captain Iain Henderson and the cornerstone of the scrum, Marty Moore, should guarantee plenty of pep in the Ulster step as they look to take a large stride forward in their quest for a place in the knock-out stage of the Heineken Champions Cup.
Niggling away in the background though is a little performance volatility in Ulster’s last four games across two competitions. Abject in defeat to Connacht, they were excellent in beating Leinster at the RDS, flatlined against the Ospreys but then shook off that torpor with an eloquent, statement win last weekend.
No one, outside of the Northampton Saints, will be hoping that the t …