Ulster aiming to do Scarlets double
Published 19/12/2015 | 02:30
A bonus-point win over Scarlets Premiership Select last weekend ensured that Ulster 'A' kept pace with pool leaders Bristol and they will be hoping for a repeat result in Ballymena today (2.30).
The Welsh side have lost all three of their game thus far which has all but ruled out any hope of them advancing to the knockout stages and Ulster will be eager to heap further misery on them this afternoon.
In what is their first season competing in the British and Irish Cup, Scarlets have struggled badly and have conceded 124 points while managing to score just 41.
Alex Codling has introduced six new faces to the XV that defeated the Welsh side 27-19 at Parc y Scarlets last weekend.
Pete Browne and John Donnan form a new-look second-row partnership for Ulster 'A', while Conor Joyce comes into the back-row.
Willie Faloon was one of four try scorers last time out and the vastly experienced flanker again skippers the side.
Paul Rowley is handed an opportunity to impress at scrum-half with Connor Young and Adam Liddell introduced to add plenty of pace to both wings.
Mark Best and Callum Patterson are retained in midfield, with Sam Windsor named at flyhalf and academy player Robert Lyttle at full-back for Ulster.
With Bristol facing another test against Bedford Blues, Ulster must ensure that they take maximum points from the pool's weakest team.
They should have enough quality to do just that. Verdict: Ulster 'A'
Ulster 'A' - R Lyttle; C Young, C Patterson, M Best, A Liddell; S Windsor, P Rowley; C Black, J Andrew, J Simpson; J Donnan, P Browne; C Joyce, W Faloon (capt), S Mulholland. Reps: J Murphy, R Murphy, R Kane, N Timoney, L Dow, J Pentland, A Magrath.