Monday 23 September 2019

Fringe players get big chance to impress in interpro contest

Cork have been top-tier champions on five occasions. Stock photo
Cork have been top-tier champions on five occasions. Stock photo

Ryan Corry

It's not the most glamorous interpro of the season.

Despite the battle at the Aviva Stadium just a few weeks ago renewing this neighbourly rivalry, there is nothing of note at stake in this weekend's encounter.

Top spot is secured for Leinster in Conference B and with Ulster sealing second in Round 20 of the PRO14, it took a lot of meaning out of this one.

Were the circumstances different, Ulster may have been sweating on the fitness of Jacob Stockdale who picked up a hamstring injury in their win in Edinburgh.

That victory has given them the comfort of being able to rest the Ireland star and ensure that he is in the best condition possible when they welcome Connacht to Belfast next Saturday.

Former Leinster man Marty Moore suffered a season-ending ankle injury on the same day, taking the shine off what was an impressive victory in the Scottish capital.

Nevertheless, both sides will be full of players competing for places on bigger days which offers hope for a decent contest tomorrow. Ulster's rearguard have impressed of late and they'll want to continue impressing against Leinster.

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