Teams are up for Friday night’s Guinness PRO12 match between Ulster Rugby and Benetton Treviso at Ravenhill. The match kicks off at 19:35 and will be live on BBC NI. 

Ulster welcome some big hitters back into the team with Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble, Jared Payne, Kieran Treadwell, Franco vd Merwe and, current FRU Favourite Marcell Coetzee all returning. for what looks like another five pointer for Ulster. 

As I write this I notice that I didn’t get the match report up for Sundays game against Zebre!  😳 I did listen to most of it while I was down at the Ireland Women’s game on Sunday but I haven’t had the time to watch it yet. I’ll probably get a look tonight or tomorrow morning and get something up for completeness! Bet you cant wait!

Treviso on the other hand are still missing seventeen players and only make one change to the team that lost heavily to Connacht last time out with the back three and centres moving about. It’s good to see that Ian McKinley continues at out half for the Italians and ex Ulster Academy player Filo Paulo returns to his old stomping ground. 

It’s a mouth watering back line for Ulster, slot in Jackson at out half and it’s pretty much my first pick. However, in his absence, it’ll be interesting to see how Pete Nelson performs in such exalted company. What with Jackson signing his new contract, a good display from Nelson and young McPhillips maturing nicely we should be well set at out half for next season. 

Up front Coetzee and Sean Reidy should provide plenty of quick ball, though I doubt they will keep up with Roger Wilson who will be at least a yard ahead in his speed of thought!  😉  Franco van der Merwe and Kieran Treadwell will be fine in second row and Wiehahn Herbst will have something to prove in the front row after his early exit last week! 

No real drop off in talent in the bench so maybe we’ll get a full 80 minute performance this time!

The FRU Predicts: I don’t think we’ll be alone in predicting another five pointer for Ulster in this match. Should be wrapped up by half time. 

Let us know what you think – have a vote in our Poll at the bottom of the page. 

Craig Gilroy 15 Luca Sperandio
Andrew Trimble 14 Angelo Esposito
Jared Payne 13 Tommaso Iannone
Stuart Olding 12 Michael Tagicakibau
Charles Piutau 11 Andrea Buondonno
Pete Nelson 10 Ian McKinley
Ruan Pienaar 9 Tito Tebaldi
Callum Black 1 Federico Zani
Rob Herring 2 Luca Bigi
Wiehahn Herbst 3 Tiziano Pasquali
Kieran Treadwell 4 Teofilo Paulo
Franco vd Merwe 5 Dean Budd
Roger Wilson 6 Marco Lazzaroni
Sean Reidy 7 Francesco Minto
Marcell Coetzee 8 Robert Barbieri
John Andrew 16 Roberto Santamaria
Andrew Warwick 17 Romulo Acosta
Ricky Lutton 18 Matteo Zanusso
Pete Browne 19 Filippo Gerosa
Clive Ross 20 Guglielmo Zanini
Paul Marshall 21 Giorgio Bronzini
Luke Marshall 22 Alberto Sgarbi
Jacob Stockdale. 23 Andrea Pratichetti