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Ulster must make point in Dragons' den

THE priority for Ulster when they run out at Rodney Parade this evening (7.05) is to ensure their presence in the Magners League play-offs.

That requires at least a losing bonus point against the Dragons, while there is still the possibility of a home semi-final if they win -- although that would need to be coupled with an unlikely Leinster defeat at home to Glasgow.

Coach Brian McLaughlin is without the injured quintet of BJ Botha, Andrew Trimble, Paddy Wallace, Stephen Ferris and Willie Faloon, but has all his other big names on duty, including the Springbok trio of Johann Muller, Pedrie Wannenburg and Ruan Pienaar.

Verdict: Ulster

DRAGONS --S Jones; A Hughes, T Riley, P Leach, A Brew; J Tovey, W Evans; P Price, L Burns, D Way; L Charteris (capt), A Jones; D Lydiate, G Thomas, T Faletau. Reps: T Willis, H Gustafson, B Castle, A Coombs, J Bearman, M Watkins, J Evans, M Jones.

ULSTER -- A D'Arcy; C Gilroy, D Cave, N Spence, S Danielli; I Humphreys, R Pienaar; T Court, R Best (capt), D Fitzpatrick; J Muller, D Tuohy; P Wannenburg, C Henry, R Diack. Reps: A Kyriacou, P McAllister, J Cronin, T Barker, T Anderson, P Marshall, I Whitten, C Gaston.

REF -- A Lewis (Ireland).

Irish Independent