Monday 16 January 2017

Humphreys pays price

Published 24/02/2012 | 05:00

IAN HUMPHREYS is the main victim of Ulster's poor display at Cardiff last weekend as Brian McLaughlin drops the out-half for tonight's Pro12 clash with Ospreys, WRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

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Paul Marshall comes in at scrum-half, with Ruan Pienaar moving out to No 10. Marshall has played a key role off the bench in recent months.

Pedrie Wannenburg returns after injury, and Andy Kyriacou and Paddy McAllister are recalled to the front-row.

In sixth place, four points off fourth, Ulster have only lost once at home this season -- a shock reverse to Treviso.

The Ospreys have won at Ravenhill on four recent occasions and have not lost to an Irish province this season. They are strong enough to keep that run going.

Verdict: Ospreys.

Ulster -- S Terblanche; C Gilroy, N Spence, P Wallace, I Whitten; R Pienaar, P Marshall; P McAllister, A Kyriacou, J Afoa, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, C Henry (capt), W Faloon, P Wannenburg. Reps: N Brady, C Black, A Macklin, T Barker, R Diack, I Humphreys, S Danielli, A D'Arcy.

Ospreys -- R Fussell; H Dirksen, A Bishop, S Watermeyer, E Walker; D Biggar, K Fotuali; D Jones, S Baldwin, J Rees; I Gough, J King; T Smith (capt), S Lewis, J Bearman. Reps: M Davies, R Bevington, W Taylor, J Thomas/ L Peers, G Stowers, R Webb, M Morgan, A Beck.

ReF -- N Hennessy (WRU).

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