Friday 2 December 2016

Ulster 'A' aiming to keep Cup hopes alive

Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30

Conor Joyce, Ulster. Picture credit: John Dickson / SPORTSFILE
Conor Joyce, Ulster. Picture credit: John Dickson / SPORTSFILE

If Ulster 'A' are to advance to the knockout stages of the British and Irish Cup, then nothing less than a win will suffice against Bedford Blues at Deramore Park this evening (7.30).

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The English side are currently top of the pool and have lost just once in the campaign, while Ulster have struggled for consistency.

Coach Alex Codling has again named a youthful signed with plenty of Academy players in the starting XV.

The back-row in particular looks very promising with Conor Joyce, Lorcan Dow and Nick Timoney, who made the move north from Leinster, all included.

Hooker John Andrew will skipper the side and he packs down alongside Andrew Warwick and Bronson Ross.

In the back line, the Academy's Dave Shanahan and Johnny McPhillip will form the half-back pairing.

Ireland U-20 flyer Jacob Stockdale starts on the left wing and is certainly one to watch along with Dow and Timoney.

Mark Flanagan, who spent four years with Leinster in which time he made nine appearances before moving to France, starts in the second-row for a Bedford Blues side who lie fourth in the Championship table.

The game will be free of charge for all supporters but given Bedford's impressive season to date, it could be another difficult evening for the home side. Verdict: Bedford Blues

Ulster 'A' - R McBurney; R Lyttle, M Best, S Windsor, J Stockdale; J McPhillips, D Shanahan; A Warwick, J Andrew, B Ross; J Donnan, P Browne; C Joyce, N Timoney, L Dow. Reps: J Murphy, R Murphy, J Simpson, A Thompson, C Young, P Rowley, A Magrath.

If Ulster 'A' are to advance to the knockout stages of the British and Irish Cup, then nothing less than a win will suffice against Bedford Blues at Deramore Park this evening (7.30).

The English side are currently top of the pool and have lost just once in the campaign, while Ulster have struggled for consistency.

Coach Alex Codling has again named a youthful signed with plenty of Academy players in the starting XV.

The back-row in particular looks very promising with Conor Joyce, Lorcan Dow and Nick Timoney, who made the move north from Leinster, all included.

Hooker John Andrew will skipper the side and he packs down alongside Andrew Warwick and Bronson Ross.

In the back line, the Academy's Dave Shanahan and Johnny McPhillip will form the half-back pairing.

Ireland U-20 flyer Jacob Stockdale starts on the left wing and is certainly one to watch along with Dow and Timoney.

Mark Flanagan, who spent four years with Leinster in which time he made nine appearances before moving to France, starts in the second-row for a Bedford Blues side who lie fourth in the Championship table.

The game will be free of charge for all supporters but given Bedford's impressive season to date, it could be another difficult evening for the home side. Verdict: Bedford Blues

Ulster 'A' - R McBurney; R Lyttle, M Best, S Windsor, J Stockdale; J McPhillips, D Shanahan; A Warwick, J Andrew, B Ross; J Donnan, P Browne; C Joyce, N Timoney, L Dow. Reps: J Murphy, R Murphy, J Simpson, A Thompson, C Young, P Rowley, A Magrath.

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