Wednesday 28 September 2016

Humphreys boost for Ulster

Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

Ian Humphreys' return to full fitness is a significant boost for Ulster
Ian Humphreys' return to full fitness is a significant boost for Ulster

Having struggled to field a recognised out-half of late, Ian Humphreys' return to full fitness is a significant boost for Ulster as Cardiff visit Belfast.

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Both Humphreys and Sam Windsor have been injured in recent weeks, leaving wing-cum-full-back Peter Nelson to deputise in the No 10 shirt, with Humphreys fit only to come off the bench in last week's defeat away to Edinburgh.

Humphreys' inclusion from the start is one of just two changes Neil Doak has made, with Lewis Stevenson coming into the pack.

And while they have struggled on their travels, Ulster have been in scintillating form at home this year, taking bonus point wins against both Ospreys and Treviso.

And a win tonight will extend a record that stretches back to May of last year.

Verdict: Ulster

Ulster - L Ludik; A Trimble, S Arnold, S McCloskey, C Gilroy; I Humphreys, P Marshall; C Black, R Herring, W Herbst; L Stevenson, F van der Merwe; R Wilson, S Reidy, N Williams. Reps: J Andrew, A Warwick, R Lutton, P Browne, W Faloon, D Shanahan, P Jackson, D Cave.

Cardiff - D Fish; A Summerhill, T Isaacs, A Thomas, R Smith; R Patchell, T Knoyle; S Hobbs, M Rees, C Mitchell; L Reed, J Down; C Dolan, J Turnbull, J Navidi. Reps: E Lewis, T Davies, T Filise, C Dicomidis, M Cook, L Jones, J Evans, G Smith.

Ref - B Whitehouse (WRU)

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