I’ve been feeling in my old bones, for the last few weeks, that this match will provide a surprise win for Ulster. However on viewing the two teams available a small fracture of doubt has appeared.
Regular readers will know that the back line is quite peripheral to who wins the match and, while Ulster’s looks as fine and dandy as it has done in the last few months, I suspect that their influence will be minimal.
The real work is done up front. It is here that teams are vanquished, ground down and bested, and I’m afraid that we are looking rather lightweight, and worryingly so, on the bench for what is sure to be a game of attrition.
However, I think our form over the last two weeks, against Munster and Oyonnax, has been poor because the team has been thinking of this game and we all know that the only thing more important than the forwards in a game is believing that you can win. I think Ulster will be up for this one and that should provide the desired result – but only just.
The FRU Predicts: This match has been playing on Ulster since their t meeting. The Boys from Belfast to produce a surprise win! #SUFTUM.
|Ben Ranson||15||Jared Payne|
|Chris Ashton||14||Andrew Trimble|
|Marcelo Bosch||13||Luke Marshall|
|Brad Barritt||12||Stuart McCloskey|
|Chris Whyles||11||Craig Gilroy|
|Owen Farrell||10||Paddy Jackson|
|Richard Wigglesworth||9||Ruan Pienaar|
|Mako Vunipola||1||Kyle McCall|
|Jamie George||2||Rory Best|
|Petrus Du Plessis||3||Wiehahn Herbst|
|Maro Itoje||4||Alan O’Connor|
|George Kruis||5||Franco vd Merwe|
|Michael Rhodes||6||Robbie Diack|
|Will Fraser||7||Sean Reidy|
|Billy Vunipola||8||Roger Wilson|
|Shalk Brits||16||Rob Herring|
|Richard Barrington||17||Callum Black|
|Juan Figallo||18||Ricky Lutton|
|Jim Hamilton||19||Lewis Stevenson|
|Jackson Wray||20||Clive Ross|
|Neil Do Kock||21||Paul Marshall|
|Charlie Hodgson||22||Ian Humphreys|
|Duncan Taylor||23||Rory Scholes|