Wednesday 23 August 2017

Henry wants Ulster to keep up glory quest with victory over Treviso

Chris Henry is determined that Ulster continue where they left off against Cardiff last week and maintain their quest for Magners League glory.

Henry is back as skipper of an Ulster side that broke a three-game losing streak in a bonus-point victory in Cardiff and he is convinced they have the firepower to win in Italy tonight.

"We have achieved a number of excellent results on the road this season and even with a number of front-line players missing, there is no reason why we cannot continue in the same vein," said Henry, who moves to his preferred No 8 position, with Willie Faloon wearing the No 7 jersey.

"With Rory (Best) and Johann (Muller) being out it is obviously a big loss, but being captain doesn't faze me at all. In fact I thrive on the responsibility and just get on with it.

"There was a great buzz in training after the win in Cardiff on Sunday, and although there is a short turnaround and there are still a lot of sore bodies, we are confident in our own ability.

One bonus for Ulster is the inclusion of Paddy Wallace in midfield after he was released from Ireland duties. The only other change in the back line, from last week, is Darren Cave's return after a six-week lay-off with a hamstring injury, while up front, Bryan Young is at loose-head with Tim Barker returning at lock in place of Muller.

"I have a massive belief in this team, and we can take a further step forward this evening. Treviso at home is a tough task, but we are full of confidence at present.

"They will be physical, but we enjoy playing in-your-faces rugby and hopefully we can match them, and then give our backs a chance to use the space.

"As we showed last week, we have some great strike runners behind the scrum, and hopefully they will get enough ball to do damage again this week."

Treviso -- K Burton; L Nitoglia, A Pratichetti, G Garcia, J Maddock; W De Waal, T Botes; I Fernandez Rouyet, E Ceccato, P Di Santo, A Pavanello (capt), C Van Zyl, F Minto, V Bernabo, M Filippucci. Reps: F Sbaraglini, M Muccignat, A Allori, E Pavanello, G Padrò, B De Jager, F Semenzato, M Sepe.

Ulster -- A D'Arcy; C Gilroy, D Cave, P Wallace, S Danielli; I Humphreys, P Marshall; B Young, N Brady, BJ Botha, T Barker, D Tuohy, P Wannenburg, W Faloon, C Henry (capt). Reps: A Kryiacou, P McAllister, J Cronin, N McComb, A Birch, I Whitten, N Spence, I Porter.

Verdict: Ulster

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