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Ulster vs Scarlets, Fri 15th Sept 7:35pm, BBCNI

  • 14-09-2017 12:03pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Ulster Rugby team to play Scarlets, Friday 15th September, Kingspan Stadium (7.35pm):
    (1-8): Kyle McCall, Rob Herring, Wiehahn Herbst, Kieran Treadwell, Alan O'Connor, Chris Henry (captain), Sean Reidy, Jean Deysel;
    (9-15): John Cooney, Christian Lealiifano, Jacob Stockdale, Stuart McCloskey, Luke Marshall, Andrew Trimble, Louis Ludik.
    Replacements (16-23): John Andrew, Andrew Warwick, Rodney Ah You, Robbie Diack, Matthew Rea, Paul Marshall, Peter Nelson, Tommy Bowe.

    Scarlets:
    15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Johnny Mcnicholl, 13 Hadleigh Parkes, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies,
    1 Rob Evans, 2 Ken Owens ©, 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Tadhg Beirne, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Will Boyde, 8 John Barclay

    Replacements; Ryan Elias, Wyn Jones, Werner Kruger, David Bulbring, Josh Macleod, Jonathan Evans, Rhys Jones, Jonathan Davies

    This should be a cracker! :)


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,355 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Scarlets have their Lions back and we don't.

    Screw the IRFU.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,224 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Big test for Ulster and probably the first major top table clash of the season that I'm really interested in (sorry Connacht).

    Scarlets look stronger on paper especially tight 5.

    Should be a terrific match, would love to see Ulster do a number on them after their double on Leinster / Munster at the end of last season.

    Do it Ulster. Do it for Frodo.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,065 ✭✭✭ ClanofLams


    awec wrote: »
    Scarlets have their Lions back and we don't.

    Screw the IRFU.

    I'm not opposed to the player management scheme generally speaking but you do sometimes think there could be a bit more flexibility. Ulster have Dragons home and Zebre away in their next two fixtures, surely Henderson and Payne could take one of or both of those games and be available tomorrow night, even if it was coming off the bench.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,355 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    ClanofLams wrote: »
    I'm not opposed to the player management scheme generally speaking but you do sometimes think there could be a bit more flexibility. Ulster have Dragons home and Zebre away in their next two fixtures, surely Henderson and Payne could take one of or both of those games and be available tomorrow night, even if it was coming off the bench.

    Going into the most difficult game so far and a very important one in the context of the season without Best, Henderson, Coetzee, Piutau, arguably our four most influential players.

    IRFU rules are far too arbitrary. I would love to know if there has ever been any proven benefit to them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,213 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    I'm not wanting to defend the IRFU because I do think they take things to the extreme when it comes to releasing players but I reckon the fixtures are irrelevant it will be down to the players pre season schedule.

    But generally yes I would like to see the players play even a couple more games a season. Apart from anything else I think the league needs it as well.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,779 ✭✭✭ Paul Smeenus


    Cracking thread, Gromit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,364 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    awec wrote: »
    Going into the most difficult game so far and a very important one in the context of the season without Best, Henderson, Coetzee, Piutau, arguably our four most influential players.

    IRFU rules are far too arbitrary. I would love to know if there has ever been any proven benefit to them.

    It's hardly arbitrary. It's probably the polar opposite in fact. Is it sometimes a pain in the ass? Yes. But that doesn't make it arbitrary? No.

    I agree Hendo and Best should be available for a game like this, but their pre-season will be mapped out well in advance of fixtures being released.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,716 ✭✭✭ Utah_Saint


    any more word on Beirne coming back to Ireland?


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,784 ✭✭✭✭ Winters


    Lots of exciting match ups in those two back lines.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    Where is Piutau?


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  • Site Banned Posts: 262 ✭✭ letf


    Where is Piutau?

    injured.


  • Site Banned Posts: 262 ✭✭ letf


    Utah_Saint wrote: »
    any more word on Beirne coming back to Ireland?

    Munster looks fairly likely.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,355 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Where is Piutau?

    Injured (it's minor, I think he was in the reckoning for this game).


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,213 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    Where is Piutau?

    I think he hurt his arm counting money a couple of weeks ago...either that or else we are getting him fresh for the Dragons and Zebre...


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,779 ✭✭✭ Paul Smeenus


    Deysel out with eye inury. Rea starts, Ross on bench.

    We;ll lose, but we;ll have three homegrown players starting in the pack. Woo-hoo.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,573 ✭✭✭✭ stephen_n


    Ulster Rugby team to play Scarlets, Friday 15th September, Kingspan Stadium (7.35pm):
    (1-8): Kyle McCall, Rob Herring, Wiehahn Herbst, Kieran Treadwell, Alan O'Connor, Chris Henry (captain), Sean Reidy, Jean Deysel;
    (9-15): John Cooney, Christian Lealiifano, Jacob Stockdale, Stuart McCloskey, Luke Marshall, Andrew Trimble, Louis Ludik.
    Replacements (16-23): John Andrew, Andrew Warwick, Rodney Ah You, Robbie Diack, Matthew Rea, Paul Marshall, Peter Nelson, Tommy Bowe.

    Scarlets:
    15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Johnny Mcnicholl, 13 Hadleigh Parkes, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies,
    1 Rob Evans, 2 Ken Owens ©, 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Tadhg Beirne, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Will Boyde, 8 John Barclay

    Replacements; Ryan Elias, Wyn Jones, Werner Kruger, David Bulbring, Josh Macleod, Jonathan Evans, Rhys Jones, Jonathan Davies

    This should be a cracker! :)

    Where's the write up? Pimping out your thread in the Ulster thread and it's little more than a quick copy n paste job.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    stephen_n wrote: »
    Where's the write up? Pimping out your thread in the Ulster thread and it's little more than a quick copy n paste job.

    Thomond's Big Match Preview:

    Nucifora OUT.

    There, I've satisfied the Ulster regulars.

    But naw, it should be a good game. Scarlets have had an incredible backline for years but it's only in the last year that they've had the pack to match it. Tadhg Beirne and John Barclay have been fantastic signings. The loss of James Davies is a blow though, playacting side he's a brilliant player. McNicholl and Steff Evans are arguably the best wing combination in the league and if Halfpenny can recapture form he didn't show on the Lions Tour the back three will be all kinds of awesome. There's not a lot of weakness in a fully fit starting XV.

    It's tough on Ulster they don't have the Lions back. I do think there should be a bit more wriggle room regarding team selection. It's pointless having the likes of Henderson available for Zebre where he's not needed. Tomorrow Ulster could do with him in the trenches. Even allowing him to come on after 60 minutes would be a boost. As Scarlets are in Ulster's conference this is an 8 pointer kind of game and it damages the league's reputation to see top internationals missing out.

    Ultimately Scarlets are on a bit of a roll and it wouldn't surprise if Jon Davies comes on to score a late winner. They'll see this as a game to really show they can continue from their fantastic playoff run last season. Scarlets by 5 IMO. :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,213 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    Our pack are missing Best, Henderson, Deysel and Coetzee. There is no way we will win.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,160 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    awec wrote: »
    Going into the most difficult game so far and a very important one in the context of the season without Best, Henderson, Coetzee, Piutau, arguably our four most influential players.

    IRFU rules are far too arbitrary. I would love to know if there has ever been any proven benefit to them.

    Saw a few quotes from a newspaper interview with Billy Vunipola on twitter this morning where he advocates an 11 game premiership season in order to protect players. He says the players may eventually go on strike


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,364 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    Deysel out with eye inury. Rea starts, Ross on bench.

    We;ll lose, but we;ll have three homegrown players starting in the pack. Woo-hoo.

    Well that's s**t. Hard to see a home win so....


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,213 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    Deysel out with eye inury. Rea starts, Ross on bench.

    We;ll lose, but we;ll have three homegrown players starting in the pack. Woo-hoo.

    I'm not too confident of the win but one of the things I'll be interested in will be Rea's performance, he seems to do well in the lineout last week but didn't really do a lot else that I can remember. However it was his first game so it will be interesting to see how he goes. I also like our second row this week which seems a good mix of dog and athleticism.

    Hopefully Cooney goes well again and we see Stockdale, Trimble and McCloskey fire in the backs.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,470 ✭✭✭ Jump_In_Jack


    Just pointing out, for those that would prefer the TG4 coverage (as I do) to the BBC coverage, this match will be televised live on TG4, coverage starting at 19:30.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    I wish I had BBC Norn Iron. :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 920 ✭✭✭ Scythica


    I wish I had BBC Norn Iron. :(

    have you ever hear big gusher commentate? you may be better off with tg4!


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Scythica wrote: »
    have you ever hear big gusher commentate? you may be better off with tg4!

    Ah I didn't realise it was on TG4. Cheers! :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 812 ✭✭✭ Icemancometh


    Scarlets are mad. Should be a good game


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Is that Ronan Loughney as co-commentator on TG4?


  • Registered Users Posts: 920 ✭✭✭ Scythica


    I'm really taking a shine to Cooney. he's hungry for work, even if it doesn't always work out


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,580 ✭✭✭ moleyv


    This game is about as exciting as a conversation with Les Kiss...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,470 ✭✭✭ Jump_In_Jack


    Scythica wrote: »
    I'm really taking a shine to Cooney. he's hungry for work, even if it doesn't always work out

    Fine penalty.
    As the Irish replacement for Pienaar he's doing a good job so far to pick up where his predecessor left off.


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