Monday 21 August 2017

Lyttle eager to seize every opportunity

Edinburgh v Ulster, Live, BBC 2, 7.35

Ulster's Rob Lyttle:
Ulster's Rob Lyttle: "You just take your chance to sub or start and just enjoy it while it lasts." Picture: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

While Charles Piutau's performances have certainly caught the eye, the emergence of Rob Lyttle has been one of the highlights of Ulster's season thus far.

The 19-year-old winger is further proof that size isn't everything in the modern game and he is eager to build on his early-season form that has seen him heavily involved in Les Kiss' side.

Training and indeed playing alongside the likes of Piutau and Tommy Bowe has accelerated Lyttle's development and it was his clever try that put Ulster in the driving seat before they let the lead slip against Munster last weekend.

"The start of the season was great for me individually and for the team, but sport is all about ups and downs. You just take your chance to sub or start and just enjoy it while it lasts," Lyttle said.

"At the minute we are going through a frustrating period but we have a game coming up and a chance to put all that behind us.

"A big performance and a bonus-point win would do the team the world of good going into the break."

Edinburgh come into this evening's clash looking to prove a point after being shocked at home to Zebre last time out but Ulster have demons of their own to banish after last week's late defeat in Belfast.

Verdict: Ulster

Edinburgh - B Kinghorn; D Hoyland, C Dean, P Burleigh, T Brown; J Tovey, S Kennedy; J Cosgrove, N Cochrane (capt), M McCallum; F McKenzie, B Toolis; V Mata, J Ritchie, M Bradbury. Reps: S McInally, K Whyte, F Arregui, L Carmichael, C Du Preez, S Hidalgo-Clyne, D Weir, M Allen.

Ulster - C Piutau; T Bowe, L Marshall, S Windsor, R Lyttle; B Herron, R Pienaar; C Black, R Herring (capt), W Herbst, D Tuohy, F van der Merwe; P Browne, C Ross, S Reidy. Reps: J Andrew, K McCall, A Warwick, R Diack, C Joyce, P Marshall, A Cairns, J Stockdale.

Ref - A Brace (IRFU)

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