Friday 24 November 2017

Wallace steps up as Ulster seek to lighten mood

Paddy Wallace in action for Ulster
Paddy Wallace in action for Ulster
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

PADDY WALLACE will roll back the years at Scotstoun tonight as he reverts to out-half in the absence of Ireland new boy Paddy Jackson when first meets second in the Pro12.

The centre's move inside is one of 11 changes Mark Anscombe has made to his team as they look for a boost after a week of bad news stories.

The league leaders lost their first home Pro12 game last weekend and then received injury blows to Johann Muller and Stephen Ferris.

John Afoa has been named as captain and starts at tighthead, while Dan Tuohy returns to the second-row.

Blindside Conor Joyce (19) makes his first start for the senior side. Behind the scrum, Wallace partners Ruan Pienaar, with Ireland U-20 back Stuart Olding kept with the province to start at inside centre.

Former Lansdowne and Melbourne winger Neil Walsh makes his Ulster debut on the left wing.

Glasgow feature former Ulster winger Tommy Seymour and are similarly affected by the internationals. This will be tight, but the visitors look to have enough experience to see them through.

Verdict: Ulster

GLASGOW – P Murchie; T Seymour, M Bennett, A Dunbar, DTH van der Merwe; P Horne, N Matawalu; O Fainga'anuku, P MacArthur, E Kalman, T Swinson, T Ryder, J Strauss, J Barclay, R Wilson (capt). Reps: F Brown, L Pettie, G Mountford, N Campbell, J Eddie, S Kennedy, S Wight, G Morrison.

ULSTER – R Andrew; M Allen, A Trimble, S Olding, N Walsh; P Wallace, R Pienaar; C Black, N Brady, J Afoa (capt); N McComb, D Tuohy; C Joyce, A Birch, R Diack. Reps: R Herring, R Lutton, A Warwick, A O'Connor, M McComish, P Marshall, D Cave, C Cochrane.

Ref – N Owens (WRU)

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