Friday, 21 December 2012

Ulster vs Leinster

Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Chris Henry (c), 6 Robbie Diack, 5 Neil McComb, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Rory Best, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Callum Black, 18 Adam Macklin, 19 Alan O'Connor, 20 Roger Wilson, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Paddy Wallace, 23 Adam D'Arcy.
Leinster: 15 Noel Reid, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Fergus McFadden, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Leo Cullen (capt), 3 Michael Bent, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Aaron Dundon, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Tom Denton, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Andrew Goodman, 23 Adam Byrne.
Team Selection notes:
Great team. Thought Gilroy and Jackson were sick though, be interesting to see how they go. Always good to see Luke Marshall, and Iain Henderson in the second row will be good. The Ulster back up forwards don't look brilliant.
Excited to see Noel Reid at 15, and Michael Bent too.
D'Arcy vs Marshall is a great matchup, and will Henderson vs Cullen, Best vs Cronin and Trimble vs McFadden. Henry vs the Leinster back row at the breakdown will be interesting again.
I know Ulster are in good form, and Leinster are not. I just can't see anything other than a comfortable Leinster win. Leinster just seem to be the bogey team for Ulster. 

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