There are a handful of changes on both sides for this return leg of the British and Irish Cup match which takes place on Saturday afternoon at Sardis Road, Pontypridd. Kick off 2:30 pm.
Ulster have made four changes in the back line, the most noteworthy being Johnny McPhillips starting at 10 ahead of Brett Herron, who benches for this one. McPhillips move from fullback sees the whole back three change with Jack Owens taking the fullback berth alongside David Busby who bumps up from the bench to partner new start Connor Kelly.
Up front the only change is Tommy O’Hagan coming in for Callum Black.
Cardiff’s backline remains the same but hooker Ethan Lewis is one of four changes in the pack, and he will captain the side at Pontypridd. Other changes include Kieron Assiratti, Shane Lewis-Hughes and Jim Botham, who replace Dillon Lewis, Nick White and Morgan Sieniawski respectively.
The difficulty with these matches is not so much the personnel but how much training time they have got under their belts as a team, and the results are notoriously difficult to predict. Suffice to say it was a close one last week and I expect it to be equally close this time out, it all coming down to which team wants it the most.
|Cardiff Blues PS||3||0||0||3||43||91||2||2|
Ulster are currently in the driving seat in this group at the halfway point and it would be good to see them kick on and win this one after a series of dismal years in this competition.
|Cardiff Blues PS||Ulster A|
|Gareth Thompson||15||Jack Owens|
|Kyle Evans||14||Connor Kelly|
|Garyn Smith||13||Rory Butler|
|Harri Millard||12||Mark Best|
|Teri Gee||11||David Busby|
|Ben Jones||10||Johnny McPhillips|
|Pele Cowley||9||Dave Shanahan|
|Corey Domachowski||1||Tom O’Hagan|
|Ethan Lewis||2||John Andrew|
|Kieron Assirratti||3||Jonny Simpson|
|Hemi Barnes||4||Connor Smyth|
|Ben Murphy||5||Stephen Mulholland|
|Shane Lewis-Hughes||6||Nick Timoney|
|Jim Botham||7||Conor Joyce|
|Cam Dolan||8||Lorcan Dow|
|Liam Belcher||16||Jonny Murphy|
|Rhys Carre||17||Peter Cooper|
|Dillon Lewis||18||John McCusker|
|Nick White||19||Zack McCall|
|Dane Blacker||20||Jonny Stewart|
|Owen Lane||21||Brett Herron|
|James Beal||22||Josh Jordan|