Ul­ster aim to make it five wins out of five against Ze­bre

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS - JOHNNY WATTERSON

Ze­bre v Ul­ster Sta­dio Lan­franchi, 2.35pm (Ir­ish time) Live on BBC NI Eurosport Michael Bradley is largely stick­ing with the Ze­bre side that carved out a win in Port El­iz­a­beth against the South­ern Kings last week.

The for­mer Ir­ish scrumhalf makes just one change, with tight­head prop Dario Chis­tolini re­turn­ing to the fron­trow as un­beaten Ul­ster ramp up their in­ter­na­tional wattage for the trip to Sta­dio Lan­franchi.

It is the time of year when di­rec­tor of rugby Les Kiss has to blend his front­line in­ter­na­tion­als into the play­ing side with one eye on the Novem­ber in­ter­na­tional se­ries and another on the up­com­ing Pro 14 derby game (against Con­nacht) and the be­gin­ning of the Euro­pean pool matches.

Ul­ster’s open­ing Euro­pean pool matches are at home to Wasps and away to French side La Rochelle.

In that light, the prov­ince have 10 in­ter­na­tion­als for Satur­day’s game, al­though not their pow­er­ful South African back­row Mar­cell Coet­zee or the still in­jured Rory Best, whose ham­string tear will force him to miss both Euro­pean games.

An­drew Trim­ble cap­tains the side, who will ex­pect to make it five wins from five.

The 32-year-old, who will equal Roger Wil­son’s record of 221 ap­pear­ances for Ul­ster, starts on the right wing, with Louis Ludik and full­back Charles Pi­u­tau com­plet­ing the back three.

South African Jean Dey­sel also re­turns to the fray hav­ing re­cov­ered from an eye in­jury.

Luke Mar­shall re­turns, hav­ing missed last week’s game, while half­backs, John Cooney and Chris­tian Leali­ifano also start after ro­tat­ing out last week.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.