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Friday 9 December 2016

Trimble to break record as Munster look for revenge

Andrew Trimble scored two tries as Ulster routed Edinburgh
Andrew Trimble scored two tries as Ulster routed Edinburgh

The rest of the Pro 12 action this weekend

MUNSTER v GLASGOW WARRIORS, Thomond Park

Anthony Foley’s men will be eager to avenge the PRO12 final defeat back in May this evening (KO6.0, Sky Sports).

They have the artillery to get the job done with Mark Chisholm in the middle of the pack in front of number eight CJ Stander (inset) and fellow loose forward Jack O’Donoghue.

Hooker Duncan Casey and tight-head Stephen Archer will start for the first time this season in a line with the aggressive James Cronin.

The marriage between Ian Keatley and Tyler Bleyendaal as tacticians should evolve over time with plenty of speed on the flanks through Andrew Conway and Gerhard van den Heever.

Academy centre David Johnston, the older brother to out-half Bill, makes just his second start as a hard worker on an upward curve.

Glasgow have unearthed a future star of this League in second row Scott Cummings, a staggering talent at just 18 years of age.

He is one to keep a close eye on this evening.     

Munster: F Jones (capt); A Conway, D Johnston, T Bleyendaal, G van den Heever; I Keatley, D Williams; J Cronin, D Casey, S Archer, M Chisholm, D Foley, D O’Callaghan, J O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Glasgow: R Hughes; J Bulumakau, H Blake, F Lyle, L Jones; R Clegg, G Hart; A Allan, P MacArthur, D Rae, R Harley (capt), S Cummings, T Holmes, C Fusaro, A Ashe.

Verdict: Munster

ULSTER v TREVISO, Kingspan Stadium

Ireland’s Andrew Trimble will become Ulster’s most-capped player when he overtakes Paddy Wallace in a milestone achievement tonight (KO6.05, BBCNI).

“Whenever I started my career I wouldn’t have dreamed that I would get to 190 appearances for Ulster,” said Trimble (inset).

“Every game has been unbelievable, especially the matches at Kingspan Stadium on a Friday night.

“Paddy is a guy who I have a massive amount of respect for so overtaking his total means a lot.

“It’s going to be a very special night for me.”

Ulster: L Ludik; A Trimble, L Marshall, S McCloskey, C Gilroy; P Nelson, P Marshall; A Warwick, R Herring (capt), W Herbst, P Browne, D Tuohy, R Diack, S Reidy, R Wilson.

Treviso: J Hayward; L Nitoglia, T Iannone, A Pratichetti, S Ragusi; S Christie, C Smylie; M Zanusoo, R Santamaria, R Harden, D Naude, T Palmer, M Barbini, D Budd, R Barbieri.

Verdict: Ulster

CONNACHT v CARDIFF BLUES, The Sportsground

Coach Pat Lam has been encouraged by the return to fitness of number eight Eoin McKeon, full-back Darragh Leader and wing Niyi Adeolokun for tomorrow (KO5.0).

It will not be enough to soften the serious blows of losing lock Ben Marshall (fractured forearm) for six weeks, centre Dave McSharry (broken finger) for eight weeks and number eight Eoghan Masterson (hamstring) and wing Shane O’Leaery (concussion) for this week.

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