Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ulster to find respite on road and deal Cardiff dose of blues

Cardiff Blues v Ulster, The Arms Park, Tonight (KO 7.05) Live BBC 2 NI

Belfast must be a strange place to be at the moment as David Humphreys continues to assert his power. Coach Brian McLaughlin will be demoted to the Academy at the end of the season.

With that in mind, it could come as a relief to get away to Wales.

Ulster moved into fifth, two points behind Munster, with a bonus-point win over the Dragons. Prop Tom Court, lock Dan Tuohy, back rower Chris Henry and centre Paddy Wallace have all been released by Ireland. However, it could come down to the battle of the imports as Henry takes over from the injured Johann Muller (calf) beside prop John Afoa and playmaker and score-taker Ruan Pienaar against Paul Tito's Blues, who include a certain Mr Henson at centre.

Verdict: Ulster

Cardiff: B Blair; R Mustoe, G Evans, G Henson, T James; D Parks, L Williams; J Yapp, R Tyrell, S Andrews, C Hill, P Tito (capt), M Paterson, M Williams, X Rush.

Ulster: S Terblanche; C Gilroy, N Spence, P Wallace, I Whitten; I Humphreys, R Pienaar; T Court, N Brady, J Afoa, L Stevenson, D Tuohy, C Henry (capt), W Faloon, R Diack.

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