Thursday 25 April 2019

McBurney has no baggage for daunting trip to RDS

Ulster’s Adam McBurney. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Ulster’s Adam McBurney. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Michael Sadlier

There has been progress this season as Adam McBurney appears to have manoeuvred himself upwards to become the third-choice hooker at Ulster.

Yes, but now the 22-year-old faces another formidable test of his credentials as a player intent on further progress. His first senior competitive start in an Ulster shirt was last September when he and his team-mates were subjected to a record 64-7 tanking at Thomond Park and now he must deal with another forbidding journey as Ulster head to the RDS.

At least for McBurney, there is no baggage weighing him down regarding Ulster's terrible record at Leinster, as he has never played there before, and this is the attitude that the visitors are intent on bringing to Dublin as they seek to put it up to the clear Conference B leaders who sit 16 points in front of Dan McFarland's squad.

Discomfort

"We're looking forward to see what we can do," he said. "Against that we're going to be challenged to the utmost and we're looking forward to getting stuck into them.

"It will be a good test for us to see where we are coming into the European fixture," he adds of next week's vital home tie with Racing 92.

"Munster gave them a good challenge last week and managed to get one over them, even though there was a red card, which shows they are beatable."

This is a good chance for the Ballymena native to make a case for further advancement, though McBurney isn't for getting too far ahead of himself.

"I'd be stupid if I said I should start ahead of Rory Best every week or Rob Herring, as they are both playing great rugby," he states.

"The only way I can dictate that (getting picked) is going out there with every opportunity I get and playing my best rugby."

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