Saturday 20 January 2018

Clarke keeps faith in his low-flying Ravens

13 April 2010; Ireland head coach Allen Clarke. U19 International Friendly, Ireland v France, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
13 April 2010; Ireland head coach Allen Clarke. U19 International Friendly, Ireland v France, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Cian Treacy

Ulster Ravens coach Allen Clarke has opted against ringing the changes as his side look to get their campaign back on track after a 41-22 defeat to Ayr last weekend.

The defeat left Ulster bottom of Pool 6 and they now face an uphill task if they are to advance any further. Nothing more than a win will suffice against the Scottish outfit tonight.

Ricky Lutton will captain an Ulster side, which shows just two changes from last week. David Busby and Paul Jackson are both promoted from the bench.

Paddy Wallace continues his return from injury as he starts in the centre alongside Stuart McCloskey. James McKinney is again selected at out-half.

Jackson starts at hooker, which is the only change to a forward pack that includes Conor Joyce, Frank Taggart and Adrian Hamilton in the back-row.

Ulster have now lost two of their three pool games, but a single point is all that separates tonight's two teams. A much-improved performance is needed from the home side in Deramore Park as they look to put last weekend's 19-point drubbing behind them.

Verdict: Ulster

Ulster Ravens -- R Andrew; D Busby, S McCloskey, P Wallace, P Nelson; J McKinney, M Heaney; K McCall, P Jackson, R Lutton (capt); M Rea, M Campbell; C Joyce, F Taggart, A Hamilton. Reps: J Murphy, A Macklin, J Atkinson, D Dass, D Shanahan, R Adair, A Liddell.

Irish Independent

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