Matt Williams has blended youth with experience in his selection for the game against Connacht tomorrow night. Front five hard men Del Fava and Fitzpatrick return in a team chosen to dominate the Westerners up front.

Williams has kept faith with youngster O’Connor and the relatively inexperienced Court who appear to have come through the road trips to Cork and Swansea with their confidence intact.

In this must win game, Williams has gone for three strong line out options with McCullough, Harrison and Del Fava indicating a strategy where Ulster will kick for the corners early and hope to dominate the Connacht line out. The Ulster backs look to have an advantage over their counterparts in attack and could cut loose later in the game.

However Connacht may try to shake things up early and run at the supposedly defensively weak channel between O’Connor and Wallace. Williams appears to have covered this with the selection of the more defensively astute Dawson ahead of the more abrasive Best.

With a strong bench expect Ulster to pull away in the last 20.

Prediction. Bonus point win for Ulster.

Ulster Team:(15-9) B Cunningham; T Bowe, A Trimble, P Wallace, M Bartholomeusz; N O’Connor, I Boss;

(1-8) J Fitzpatrick, R Best (Capt), T Court, J Harrison, C Del Fava, M McCullough, K Dawson, S Ferris

Replacements: (16-22) N Brady, B Young, R Caldwell, N Best, P Marshall, R Dewey, M McCrea