Thursday 22 February 2018

Clarke wants boost of Pirates scalp

Ulster coach Allen Clarke
Ulster coach Allen Clarke

Ulster Ravens will be aiming to finish what has been a disappointing campaign on a positive note this evening (7.30) when they look to become the first side in Pool 6 to beat table-toppers Cornish Pirates.

Ulster fell to their third loss of the competition last weekend against Jersey, and with that defeat went Allen Clarke's side's hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals as one of the two best runners-up.

Clarke has named Queens' David Busby on the wing. The youngster was this week named in the Ireland U-20 squad for the upcoming Six Nations.

Rory Scholes makes a welcome return to action following a five-month lay-off with a hip injury. Peter Nelson switches from the wing to full-back to make up an exciting back three.

There is just one change in the forwards with Lorcan Dow replacing Josh Atkinson, who takes his place among the replacements.

Verdict: Cornish Pirates

Ulster Ravens -- P Nelson; R Scholes, R Andrew, S McCloskey, D Busby; J McKinney, M Heaney; K McCall, N Annett, A Macklin; L Stevenson (capt), N McComb; C Joyce, L Dow, M McComish Reps: P Jackson, A Warwick, M Cromie, M Campbell, J Atkinson, D Shanahan, R Adair.

Irish Independent

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