Who cares that I got my front row wrong, that Anderson lost out to McComb and that Trimble starts ahead of Danielli? Individually the players that missed out on a starting berth will be disappointed, and young TJ must be regarded as very unlucky to miss out on this big game, but if you readers are anything like me you just can’t wait for this one to start tomorrow night.
Here’s the Team.
(1-8) Tom Court, Andy Kyriacou, Brendon Botha, Ed O’Donoghue, Ryan Caldwell, Stephen Ferris, Willie Faloon, Robbie Diack. (15-9) Clinton Schifcofske, Timoci Nagusa, Darren Cave, Paddy Wallace, Andrew Trimble, Ian Humphreys, Isaac Boss. (16-23) Nigel Brady, Bryan Young, Declan Fitzpatrick, Neil McComb, Chris Henry, Paul Marshall, Ian Whitten, Simon Danielli.
(1-8) Flatman, Mears, Bell, Hooper, Grewcock, Beattie, Salvi, Faamatuainu. (9-15) Claassens, Davis, Banahan, Hape, Carraro, Maddock. (16-23) Dixon, Barnes, Jarvis, Short, Skirving, Bemand, Little, Cuthbert.
With Ulster sitting second in the Magners League and a wet Ravenhill night forecast the level of expectation has been rising all week for this Heineken Cup opener against an unsettled Bath side.
There’s been plenty of speculation that this will be a dour battle up front with Ulster just edging it but The FRU predicts that Ulster will open up the game with an early try blitz as the English side wilt under the Ravenhill Roar.
With the bonus point bagged early in the second half it’s going to be another great European night at Ravers – don’t miss out.
Tickets are still available for the ERC game from the Ravenhill Ticket Office (9am-5pm, Mon-Thurs and 4pm on Friday,) Ticket Line 02890 493222 Option 2 (10am – 12noon, Mon-Fri) or to purchase on-line clicking here. Tickets will also be available to purchase on the night, from the Gates, after 6pm.
If you want to get your Friday night off to the best of starts make sure you get to The Rosie for the pre-match meet and greet with the Bath fans. Details here.