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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Jacko' is now 'The Man'

LEICESTER TIGERS v ULSTER, Welford Road, Today (KO 7.45) BT Sport 2

THIS could very well be considered the most enthralling of all the matches this weekend.

Ulster have been there and done it before. But, they do not have Ruan Pienaar to pepper The Tigers with crafty kicks and control their tempo.

The impish Paul Marshall will be the service-provider for Paddy Jackson, who has amassed the big game knowledge to lead Ulster forward. Without Pienaar's guiding hand, he is 'The Man'.

There is the fact that Leicester are not exactly without injury problems, though wrecking ball centre Manu Tuilagi is back.

Leicester: M Tait; B Scully, M Tuilagi, O Willians, V Goneva; F Burns, B Youngs (capt); M Ayerza, L Ghiraldini, F Balmain, B Thorn, G Kitchener, J Gibson, J Salvi, J Crane.

Ulster: L Ludik; T Bowe, J Payne, S McCloskey, C Gilroy; P Jackson, P Marshall; A Warwick, R Best (capt), W Herbst, L Stevenson, F van der Merwe, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams.

VERDICT: Ulster

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