Wednesday 17 January 2018

Europe on the line for Lam's Legion

A whole season's work is on the line for Connacht as they plan a third provincial ambush at The Sportsground today (kick off 2.40pm, Sky Sports 1).

The forecasted return of Bundee Aki and the under-rated influence of Craig Ronaldson (left) at 10 bring cause for optimism.

In tandem with Robbie Henshaw, this creates a physical force-field across the middle of the pitch that will test Darren Cave and Jared Payne.

Ulster coach Neil Doak installs his three wise men Rory Best, Tommy Bowe and Payne in a clear sign of their intentions.

In behind a formidable pack of forwards, half-backs Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson will be tasked with the mission of keeping Connacht under control and in their own half through their game management.

Connacht: T O'Halloran; D Poolman, R Henshaw, B Aki, M Healy; C Ronaldson, K Marmion; D Buckley, T McCartney, R Ah You, Q Roux, A Muldowney, J Muldoon (capt), E Masterson, G Naoupu.

Ulster: L Ludik; T Bowe, J Payne, D Cave, C Gilroy; P Jackson, R Pienaar; C Black, R Best (capt), W Herbst, D Tuohy, F Van der Merwe, I Henderson, C Henry, R Wilson.

Verdict: Connacht


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