Ulster A travel to Llandovery in the Welsh Valleys on Saturday to play Scarlets Premier Select in thier last Pool 5 match in the British and Irish Cup.
After a shock defeat of Scarlets PS by Hartpury RFC last week, combined with Ulster A’s win over Cornish Pirates. the team travel with the job pretty much done as far as qualification is concerned. There is still plenty to play for however as Ulster have every incentive to get a bonus point win as they battle it out with Bedford Blues for that all important fourth ranked qualifier which would guarantee a home quarter final.
Thankfully this season there has been limited chopping and changing of the squad and the team Managers, Kieran Campbell and Willie Anderson, have worked hard to bring a strong team ethic into the group which has stood them in good stead when matches have been tight.
Changes have again been minimised for this game with Luke Marshall being parachuted in for game time while Angus Kernohan replaces Rob Lyttle on the wing with Lyttle called up to the seniors. There should be no overall loss in quality in the back line provided Marshall remembers he is part of a team and doesn’t try and do it all himself.
The forwards have been impressive this season and they remain unchanged.
i expect this to be a strong enough side to get the win, whether they will get the bonus point as well depends on what sort of Scarlets side turns up and that’ll depend on their motivation They would need an extraordinary set of results to progress, so I’d guess they have parked that idea, but sometimes the most dangerous sides are those with nothing to play for.
|Scarlets PS||Ulster A|
|Tom Rogers||15||Jack Owens|
|Morgan Griffiths||14||Angus Kernohan|
|Corey Baldwin||13||Luke Marshall|
|Rhodri Jones||12||Callum Patterson|
|Ryan Conbeer||11||Aaron Cairns|
|Jacob Botica||10||Peter Nelson|
|Johnathan Evans||9||Jonny Stewart|
|Dylan Evans||1||Tommy O’Hagan|
|Emyr Phillips||2||John Andrew ©|
|Javan Sebastian||3||Tom O’Toole|
|Josh Helps||4||Peter Browne|
|Chris Long||5||Clive Ross|
|Lewis Elis -Jones||6||Caleb Montgomery|
|Stuart Worrall||7||Matthey Agnew|
|Jack Condy ©||8||Marcus Rea|
|Taylor Davies||16||Zack McCall|
|Steff Thomas||17||Eric O’Sullivan|
|Simon Gardiner||18||Matthew Dalton|
|Dan Davis||19||Aaron Hall|
|Alex Schwartz||20||Greg jones|
|Jack Maynard||21||Michael Stronge|
|Scott Lloyd||22||Rory Butler|