Thursday 24 October 2019

McFarland hoping to call on Stockdale and Ludik for Glasgow test

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland. Photo: Sportsfile
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland. Photo: Sportsfile

Jonathan Bradley

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland says he will have no concerns about throwing Jacob Stockdale and Louis Ludik straight back into the firing line against Glasgow tomorrow (7.35) should they prove their fitness.

The key pair have been out of action with injuries but are expected to be named in the squad for the province's PRO14 semi-final in Scotstoun.

Stockdale hasn't played since the middle of last month while Ludik has been out for even longer, not featuring since the win over Southern Kings in March.

McFarland is sure both men would be ready for the cut and thrust of knock-out rugby despite their lay-offs.

"Definitely," he said when asked if the pair could be ready.

"Jacob is reintegrating. We won't really know until we select the team, but we'd be hopeful. Louis is another one we'll have to see as the week goes on, but he's made pretty steady progress so there's potential he might be available too."

Rust will be seen as a talking point for Glasgow too with the Warriors having not played since the final weekend of April.

They were defeated at this stage last year having been similarly inactive in the weeks prior to the game, becoming the first home side to lose a PRO14 semi-final when Scarlets won at Scotstoun.

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"Glasgow won't be undercooked," warned McFarland. "Dave Rennie is a championship-winning coach with a lot of experience.

"They ended up not playing as well as they had previously in the season and then suffered in the semi-final, but Dave Rennie won't make that mistake again."

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