Friday 22 September 2017

Ulster v MONTPELLIER -- guide to the game

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Formguide: Ulster WWWLW, Montpellier LLLWL

Match Betting: Ulster 1/33, Montpellier 11/1, Draw 40/1

Handicap: Ulster (-18) 10/11, Montpellier (+18) 10/11, Draw (-18) 20/1

KEY MAN

Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)

Ulster's Springbok talisman will set the mood for his team and if he can get them playing in the right areas, at the right tempo and kick his goals, then they should be able to complete this job in comfort.

THREE THINGS ULSTER MUST DO

Score four tries

everything will come down to next weekend's clash at Welford Road, where Leicester Tigers will look to leapfrog Ulster into top spot. If the Blues can collect a try-scoring bonus tonight, then a single point could be enough in England.

Put together 80 minutes

Mark Anscombe's side were exhilarating at times against Munster, but found themselves defending for their lives in the end. An under-strength Montpellier are unlikely to have the Reds' resolve, but having played in patches throughout the campaign, the New Zealander will be looking for a complete display.

Keep everyone fit

Rory Best and Johann Muller are back, while Chris Henry, Nick Williams and Iain Henderson continue their involvement, and Tommy Bowe is not far away. This is as close to full strength as they have been for months and they'll be looking to keep it that way for next week's crucial clash.

Irish Independent

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