Wednesday 16 January 2019

Ulster aim to stay on right track

Jono Gibbes. Photo: Sportsfile
Jono Gibbes. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

How much can be read into Ulster's thumping win over a poor Southern Kings side last week remains to be seen, but even if they do feel that they have turned a corner, this week's speculation linking Jono Gibbes with a move away was the last thing the province needed.

Gibbes is seen the man to help steady the ship after Les Kiss' departure but according to reports in Australia, Michael Cheika is keen to have the Kiwi as part of his Wallabies set-up.

Back to matters at hand, and buoyed by their impressive win over Leinster last week, Edinburgh are aiming to build some momentum of their own. A rib injury to Charles Piutau is somewhat offset by the return of Tommy Bowe, while Rob Herring was released by Ireland to play.

With Niall Scannell training with the national squad in Athlone yesterday, Herring looks to have slipped down the pecking order.

Ulster supporters have yet to see the best of Jean Deysel but his return brings some much-needed ballast.

Edinburgh are much improved under Richard Cockerill but if Ulster have indeed turned a corner in the season, this is a home game they should be winning.

Verdict: Ulster

Ulster - L Ludik; C Gilroy, L Marshall, S McCloskey, T Bowe; J McPhillips, J Cooney; A Warwick, R Herring, W Herbst; A O'Connor (capt), K Treadwell; M Rea, N Timoney, J Deysel. Reps: J Andrew, K McCall, R Ah You, M Dalton, C Henry, J Stewart, D Cave, D Busby.

Edinburgh - D Fife; J Harries, M Bennett, C Dean, D van der Merwe; J van der Walt, S Hidalgo-Clyne; J Lay, N Cochrane, M McCallum; F McKenzie (capt) L Carmichael, B Mata, J Hardie, C du Preez. Reps: C Fenton, R Sutherland, E Millar Mills, M Bradbury, L Crosbie, N Fowles, D Weir, G Bryce.

REF - N Owens (WRU)

  • Ulster v Edinburgh, Live, BBC, 7.35

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