Monday 25 September 2017

Ulster v Treviso

Guide to the Game

Form Guide: Ulster WWLWW, Treviso LLLDL

Match Betting: Ulster 1/100, Draw 50/1, Treviso 18/1

Handicap Betting: Ulster (-22) 10/11, Draw (-22) 20/1, Treviso (-22) 10/11

KEY MAN

Darren Cave

It's been a whirlwind of a week for Cave, who has discovered that not everyone within Irish rugby likes a straight talker. Joe Schmidt welcomes someone who has no secret in outlining ambitions. Now Cave must continue to produce the form where it matters – on the pitch.

3 THINGS ULSTER MUST DO

Don't give a sucker an even break

Ulster have been sloppy at home to Treviso in recent Pro12 campaigns; they can't allow such a slipshod approach to affect them this afternoon, for, the longer they keep the Italians interested, the more they might feel they can cause an upset. Ulster have too many hardened pros, led by the indomitable Muller, to allow this to happen.

Back-row bullies

Treviso set great stall on laying a platform from their back-row. Ulster have been denied the formidable ballast of Williams and Henderson so they must compensate. "Obviously the guy who is going to replace Nick Williams isn't going to be the same type of ball-carrier," says Anscombe. "They've different qualities in their game. One guy's strength is another guy's weakness. It's about how the team adapts and that's right across all areas of our game."

Go for 10 points

With Leicester seeking to win their next three games also, it may still be relevant for Ulster to aim for all 10 points from these back-to-back collisions, especially after they allowed the English side to thieve a point from Ravenhill in round one. If Ulster are serious about being contenders, 10 points will be their aim.

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