Wednesday 21 February 2018

Kiss urges revitalised Ulster to get on a roll

Ulster's director of rugby Les Kiss. Photo: Oliver McVeigh /Sportsfile
Ulster's director of rugby Les Kiss. Photo: Oliver McVeigh /Sportsfile

Jonathan Bradley

With Glasgow in town for a crucial Pro12 clash this afternoon (3.0), Les Kiss wants to see his Ulster side do a Scottish double and build on the momentum of last week's bonus-point triumph over Edinburgh.

The province are still sixth in the standings, but with three games against Italian sides to follow the visit of Gregor Townsend's men today, there is a real chance to get on something of a roll.

"The dressing room is different for a start," said the Australian after his side snapped a four-game losing streak. "We have also accepted that we did not finish the Edinburgh game as well as we would have liked, but there are two paths we can take.

"We can get down on ourselves about a few wee things in the second half or we can focus on one or two things and then try and build on the things that we did well in the first half."

Kiss has been bolstered by returns from injury and international commitments, but expects the game to hinge on the battle at the breakdown.

Sean Reidy is promoted to the starting team and joins last week's notable debutant Marcell Coetzee in the back-row.

"It's a strong line-up they have out there," added Kiss.

"Their back-row are very clever customers.

"Hopefully our lot can handle them because that's going to be key to the game I think.

"The conditions look good so it could be an exciting game for the fans but it's set up to be one of those classic battles with Glasgow."

Verdict: Ulster

ULSTER - L Ludik; T Bowe, L Marshall, D Cave, C Gilroy; P Nelson, R Pienaar; C Black, J Andrew, R Lutton; P Browne, F van der Merwe; S Reidy, C Henry (c), M Coetzee. Reps: R Herring, A War¬wick, W Herbst, K Treadwell, R Diack, P Marshall, J Stockdale, J Owens

GLASGOW - B Thomson; L Jones, M Bennett, N Grigg, S Lamont; P Horne, H Pyrgos (c); A Allan, J Malcolm, S Puafisi; B Alainu'uese, S Cummings; R Harley, S Favaro, A Ashe. Reps: C Flynn, J Bhatti, D Rae, T Uanivi, L Wynne, G Hart, R Vernon, R Hughes.

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