The Ulster U18 side has been named for their match against Munster on the deciding weekend of the Women’s U18 Inter-Provincial Championship. Kick off 3:00pm.
As it stands Ulster, Munster and Leinster all have a chance to lift the trophy that Ulster won, in it’s inaugural season. Munster are in the driving seat having won both their matches to date, but Leinster’s and Ulster’s chances are far from unrealistic, though Ulster may live to regret coughing up a late bonus point to Leinster last weekend!
The current league standings are as follows:
The Leinster v Connacht match will be played ahead of the Ulster v Munster match at the same venue, Barnhall RFC.
- If Leinster win with a bonus point then Ulster cannot reclaim the title
- If Leinster win with no bonus point then Ulster can win the championship by beating Munster with a bonus point and by 9 points more than Leinster beat Connacht.
- If Leinster draw or lose to Connacht then any win by 9 points or more by Ulster will secure the title.
Ulster have again made minimal changes. In the starting XV the injured Amanda McQuade (foot) is replaced by Virginia team mate Amber Redmond and Irish sevens player Lucinda Kinghan returns from injury to take up a spot on the wing with Ellie Ingram switching to fullback and Ruth Gilsenan dropping to the bench.
In the replacements, Gilsenan effectively replaces Redmond and Ciara Byers replaces Naomi McCord. The full squad is shown below.
Ulster Women U18: Ellie Ingham, Mya Alcorn, Kelly McCormill, Lucy Turkington, Lucinda Kinghan. Lisa Mullen, Amber Redmond, Emma Kearney, Grace Shrestha (c), Ella Garland, Megan Brodie, Caolin McCormack, Bethany McDowell, Katie Hetherington, Keelin Brady (vc). Replacements: Aoife Cahill, Ava Fannin, Tammy Millar, Sorcha McCormack, Ciara Byers, Holly Brannigan, Meabh McAleavey, Ruth Gilsenan.
The Front Row Union caught up with forwards coach Charlie Farrell ahead of the announcement;
“After last weeks disappointment the girls have worked extremely hard in training to fix the small things that contributed to our loss.
“We know Munster is going to be a tough physical game so we need to front up from the start. Our forwards won 3 scrums against the head last week, which is unheard of with scrum rules these days, and we know how dangerous our backs can be, we just need to go out and prove it.
“We need to take control of the game early and make sure we play our rugby. Last week we let Leinster dictate the game and as we found out, if you’re passive in defence and let any team play their rugby then they will punish you.
“I know our girls have the talent to win this week, I know the hard work our girls have put in throughout this programme, I’m excited to see what the Ulster Girls can do this Saturday!”
I’m also pretty excited to see how the players perform, especially after a complacent display last week. It was their first ever defeat in this competition and I expect them to react accordingly.
I’m going for a convincing win for our girls but whether it’ll be enough to win the championship is unlikely with Leinster expected to wrap it up earlier in the morning.
Come on Ulster & Connacht! 😀