Friday 22 February 2019

Ulster face tough task

Connacht’s Matt Healy
Connacht’s Matt Healy

Ulster will have to be at the peak of their powers to unseat Wasps for a win that would clinch top spot in Pool One and a place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow (KO3.15, BTSport 2).

Their main problem is that Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has decided to go full-mettle jacket, with captain Joe Launchbury leading the way.

Matt Healy will win his 100th cap for Connacht against Oyonnax in the Challenge Cup at The Sportsground this afternoon (KO 2.30).

Coach Kieran Keane has decided not to rest Bundee Aki as The Westerners look to secure a home quarter-final.

Wasps: W le Roux; C Wade, J de Jongh, K Eastmond, M Watson; D Cipriani, D Robson; S McIntyre, D Cruse, J Cooper-Woolley, J Launchbury (capt), J Gaskell, J Willis, G Thompson, N Carr.

Ulster: C Piutau; L Ludik, D Cave, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; C Leali'ifano, J Cooney; K McCall, R Best (capt), R Ah You, A O'Connor, K Treadwell, I Henderson, S Reidy, N Timoney.

Verdict: Wasps

Connacht: T O'Halloran; N Adeolokun, E Griffin, B Aki, M Healy; C Ronaldson, K Marmion; P McCabe, D Heffernan, C Carey, U Dillane, Q Roux, E Masterson, N Dawai, J Muldoon (capt).

Oyonnax: A Muller; D Ikpefan, U Seuteni, R Hansell-Pune, T Giresse; A Fuertes, J Hall; K Vartanov, Q McDonald, T Laclayat, G Fabbri, S Njewel, C Browning, B Taieb (capt), T Tauleigne.

Verdict: Connacht

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