Monday 20 November 2017

Ulster hoping Olding can deliver on vast potential

Ulster's Stuart Olding will be making his fourth consecutive appearance since his return from injury Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Ulster's Stuart Olding will be making his fourth consecutive appearance since his return from injury Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac said last week that he hoped Belfast might produce some decent weather this afternoon so that his side might chase some tries. February in Kingspan? Not likely.

Ulster have four wins in a row, and while the Six Nations makes it hard to build momentum at this stage of the season, Les Kiss's side are doing their best to make things look smooth.

For Stuart Olding today will be his fourth start on the trot after coming back from another major knee injury. Kiss rates the 22-year-old among the most talented players he has ever worked with, so lots of people will be hoping he can stay injury free to deliver on that promise. After back to back defeats, Scarlets are desperate to stay involved at the top end of the table.

Ulster: S Olding; C Gilroy, D Cave, L Marshall, J Stockdale; P Jackson, P Marshall; A Warwick, J Andrew, R Lutton, A O'Connor, F van der Merwe, R Diack, R Wilson, C Henry. Reps: J Murphy, K McCall, B Ross, P Browne, C Ross; R Pienaar, I Humphreys, S Arnold.

Scarlets: M Collins; G Owen, R King, H Parkes, DTH van der Merwe; A Thomas, A Davies; P John, K Myhill, P Edwards, G Earle, D Bulbring, A Shingler, M Allen, W Boyd. Reps: R Elias, D Evans, R Jones, M Paulino, R Pitman; R Williams, D Jones, S Evans.

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