ALL good things come to an end. That is the law of nature and in life.
Ulster coach Mark Anscombe took a look at 'the big picture' and made the cold, calculated choice to target Leinster at home and forfeit Munster away.
The plan came together nicely at Ravenhill and didn't look too shabby at Thomond Park either where a cluster of inexperienced players tackled an improbable assignment with total determination.
The Northern Province returns to 'Fortress Ravenhill', despite their Heineken Cup home loss to Northampton Saints, with a sense of confidence.
It would seem The Scarlets will bring a meaty course of confrontation ahead of rounds five and six in Europe, the perfect preparation for what lies ahead. Even though Ulster lost in Limerick, they still hold a commanding lead of the PRO12 as they work towards a sixth straight win over Welsh clubs.
ULSTER: A D'Arcy; A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy; P Jackson, R Pienaar; T Court, R Herring, A Macklin, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams.
SCARLETS: D Newton; G North, G Maule, J Davies, K Phillips; A Thomas, T Knoyle; P John, E Phillips, J Adriaanse, S Timani, R Kelly, J Turnbull, J Edwards, R McCusker.