Win, lose or draw I suspect that Ulster A’s British and Irish Cup campaign effectively ends this weekend as the powers that be look to use this fixture as a rehabilitation half way house rather than try to develop a winning squad.
In comes Schalk van der Merwe, Peter Nelson, Clive Ross and Craig Gilroy for a wee run out ahead of bigger games and while they will undoubtedly add to the overall strength of the team it’s a bit of a kick in the teeth for those that performed last week. Out goes Pete Browne no doubt to hold tackle bags in France. With only nine starting that started last week it’s no wonder our Academy performs so badly, there has been little continuity for these players over the seasons.
The other change to the starting XV see the talented Jonny Stewart come in for, last weeks man of the Match, Aaron Cairns. We’re big fans of young Stewart here at the Front Row Union but even this change seems a strange one!
My thoughts are that Ulster will get turned over by what we presume will be a big Cornish pack, but they should pick up a losing bonus.
We’ll have a photographer there so check back on Monday for match pics.
Cornish Pirates: Toby May, Nicolas Coronel, Dan Koster, Nicolas De Battista, AJ Cant, Will Cargill, Mike Pope, Billy Keast, James Fish, Jack Andrew, Toby Freeman, Brett Beukeboom, Chris Fuca, Tom Cowan-Dickie, Rupert Cooper. Replacements: Tom Channon, Christian Judge, Marlen Walker, Kieran Westlake, Angus Taylor, Laurence May, Alex O’Meara
Ulster A: Jack Owens, Craig Gilroy, Callum Patterson, Rory Butler, David Busby, Peter Nelson, Jonny Stewart, Schalk van der Merwe, Adam McBurney, Ross Kane (C), Jack Regan, Matthew Dalton, Clive Ross, Aaron Hall, Joe Dunleavy. Replacements: Zack McCall, Jonny Simpson, Greg Jones, Caleb Montgomery, Aaron Cairns, Brett Herron, Johnny McPhillips.