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Match Thread - Ulster v La Rochelle, Ravenhill, 13/01/18 1pm

  • 13-01-2018 1:42pm
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    Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,355 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Ulster

    (15-9): C Piutau; C Gilroy, L Ludik, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; C Lealiifano, J Cooney;
    (1-8): C Black, R Best (captain), R Ah You, A O'Connor, I Henderson, M Rea, S Reidy, N Timoney;
    Replacements (16-23): R Herring, K McCall, R Kane, K Treadwell, C Henry, D Shanahan, J McPhillips, D Cave.

    La Rochelle

    15. Kini Murimurivalu; 14. Gabriel Lacroix, 13. Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12. Pierre Aguillon, 11. Vincent Rattez; 10. Jérémy Sinzelle, 9. Alexi Bales; 1. Dany Priso, 2. Pierre Bourgarit, 3. Uini Atonio, 4. Jason Eaton, 5. Mathieu Tanguy, 6. Botia Veivuke, 7. Kevin Gourdon, 8. Victor Vito

    16. Jean-Charles Orioli, 17. Vincent Pelo, 18. Mohamed Boughanmi, 19. Gregory Lamboley, 20. Afa Amosa, 21. Tawera Kerr Barlow, 22. Benjamin Nobles, 23. Paul Jordaan


    La Rochelle are the visitors to Ravenhill today in what is probably the biggest game for Ulster in a number of years. La Rochelle's defeat at Wasps put Ulster back in contention to top their pool, albeit with an incredibly difficult two matches that they must both win.

    Ulster's performance must be taken up a large number of notches above what we've seen in previous weeks if they are to avoid an embarrassing defeat here. The squad selection contains 21 Irish Qualified players which must be one of the highest for the province in a European game for a number of years, with academy duo Matty Rea and Nick Timoney given the nod in the back row.

    Prediction

    My heart says a narrow win for Ulster, my head says a defeat. The 1 point spread is very generous.


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Comments

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


    Ulster to win by 3.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Good luck Ulster. Hope the yo-yo is on the upward path for this one. ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 385 ✭✭ Sephiral


    Hard to believe they are going into a crunch European game with Rodney anchoring the scrum.

    Expecting a high scoring game. Ulster only stand a chance if their back three light it up today.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,016 ✭✭✭ Bridge93


    That was a forward pass


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,705 ✭✭✭✭ Interested Observer


    Bridge93 wrote: »
    That was a forward pass

    Yes thought so too


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,210 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Christ LR should've been in there.

    What an utterly terrifying side.


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


    This is going to be a long afternoon


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,613 ✭✭✭ connachta


    La rochelle are the most complete team I've ever seen...


  • Registered Users Posts: 920 ✭✭✭ Scythica


    Their attack coach is something else


  • Registered Users Posts: 920 ✭✭✭ Scythica


    Ulster do seem up to it, but I'm not sure if we can make enough of an impact to make much sway


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,016 ✭✭✭ Bridge93


    Any team that continually picks a waste of space at tighthead has it coming


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,212 ✭✭✭✭ bilston


    Quite happy we've kept it to 3 so far


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,942 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    Fans seem nervy enough, completely understandable.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,016 ✭✭✭ Bridge93


    Idiotic series of play


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,210 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Ulster are killing themselves with indiscipline. One lineout pen to lose territory and another right after to go down a further 3 points.


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


    Ulster's discipline is killing them. La Rochelle will be happy to kick the 3s away from home.

    Edit: Snap Clegg! :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,210 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Ulster can't get beyond the gain line. Actually getting hit miles behind it.


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


    It’s insane how backwards we are going


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


    There should be no TV cameras in the dressing room when an injured player is being consoled.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,347 ✭✭✭✭ MJohnston


    CL making a lot of dodgy passes and fumbles.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 385 ✭✭ Sephiral


    Great press from La Rochelle, but iodiotic from Ulster. Either play for Territory or attack around the fringes to commit defenders. Going two out and retreating ten yards every time is moronic.


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


    That’s never a yellow. Not even a penalty for me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 920 ✭✭✭ Scythica


    what's better, holding in and go backwards or kick it and let them run at us?

    both prospects are horrifying


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


    This is quite impressive from La Rochelle so far. For a team that has shown incredible flair this season they are well up for a physical dogfight as well.


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


    Ulster bailed out with the penalty reversal and card. This could be a big turning point, Ulster have to take advantage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 385 ✭✭ Sephiral


    Strictness of the new rules probably causing that mistake. Surely refs should be allowed some flexibility for stuff like that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,942 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    That’s pathetic play acting from Piatau, the player never changed his line.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,546 ✭✭✭ accensi0n


    Seriously harsh yellow


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,282 ✭✭✭✭ Podge_irl


    awec wrote: »
    That’s never a yellow. Not even a penalty for me.

    Where the hell was the LR 23 supposed to go?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,266 ✭✭✭✭ AdamD


    Hardly even a pen, what was he supposed to do?


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