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Preview: Scarlets face daunting task at fortress Kingspan

Avatar Charlie Bennett 28 Nov 2019

With six wins from eight matches in all competitions, all appears rather rosy in Ulster’s garden and they host Scarlets on Friday evening knowing victory would further establish their lofty position in Conference A.

The Belfast-based side have not lost a Guinness PRO14 match in front of their own supporters in almost 14 months, with Connacht the last side to leave the Kingspan with the points in October 2018.

Home advantage is certainly important, especially in matches against the Scarlets – with the hosts winning the last six league meetings between the two.

To add to the feelgood factor at the Kingspan, full-back Louis Ludik is set for his 100th Ulster cap in the same fixture in which he made his debut five years ago.

For Scarlets, their squad has once again been stripped bare by international fixtures as Wales prepare to battle the Barbarians.

But with five wins from six in the league, things are sailing rather smoothly. They jet across the Irish Sea second in Conference B, just three points off Munster.

Kick-off: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast | KO 19:35

How to watch: Live on Premier Sports 1, eir sport 2, DAZN, PRO14.tv. Deferred: Sunday 15:40 S4C

Players to watch out for: Marcell Coetzee (Ulster); Blade Thomson (Scarlets)

Ulster have plenty of stars on show, with Matt Faddes restored to the midfield and promising fly-half Bill Johnston picked alongside John Cooney at half-back.

Summer signing David O’Connor, brother of Alan, is set to earn his first Ulster cap if called upon from the bench, while for Scarlets lock Sam Lousi makes his bow.

Steff Evans, Ryan Elias and Samson Lee have all been released from international duty and will all play their part, but perhaps the most important battle will come at No.8.

Marcell Coetzee has been in fine form for Ulster, starring in their narrow win against Clermont Auvergne last Friday, while he goes up against a fellow master craftsman in Blade Thomson.

Dominating the gainline will be crucial here and if either player can get the upper hand, the rest should fall into place.

Key stat: Scarlets only victory in Belfast since 2008 was by a solitary point 21-20 in February 2016.

Ulster: Louis Ludik, Robert Baloucoune, Matt Faddes, Stuart McCloskey, Craig Gilroy, Bill Johnston, John Cooney, Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Kieran Treadwell, Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy, Marcell Coetzee.

Replacements: Adam McBurney, Andrew Warwick, Tom O’Toole, David O’Connor, Nick Timoney, David Shanahan, Angus Curtis, Angus Kernohan

Scarlets: Steff Evans, Corey Baldwin, Steff Hughes, Paul Asquith, Morgan Williams, Dan Jones, Kieran Hardy, Phil Price, Ryan Elias, Samson Lee, Lewis Rawlins, Sam Lousi, Uzair Cassiem, Josh Macleod, Blade Thomson.

Replacements: Marc Jones, Dylan Evans, Werner Kruger, Steve Cummins, Jac Morgan, Jonathan Evans, Ryan Lamb, Ryan Conbeer.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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Report: Ulster statement of intent with Scarlets demolition job

Avatar Rich Dore 29 Nov 2019

Dan McFarland’s Ulster made it five wins from seven in Conference A with a bonus point hammering of Scarlets at Kingspan Stadium.

The Belfast-based side had their four tries within half an hour thanks to scores from Matt Faddes, John Cooney, Matty Rea and Rob Baloucoune, and managed to restrict their visitors to one try after the interval.

Key moments

Ulster came into this one charged up off the back of two impressive European wins and wasted no time in inflicting the first blow on their Welsh opponents with Faddes crossing after five minutes.

First Baloucoune skipped away down the right before Stuart McCloskey chipped the ball through for Faddes to touch down.

Minutes later it was the turn of Cooney, a man who can’t stop scoring at the moment, who delivered a muscular finish to dive over in the corner and somehow keep his feet infield.

Next the forwards stepped up, with blindside flanker Rea driving over at the back of a maul inside 20 minutes – Baloucoune wrapping up the bonus point on 28 minutes.

The hosts continued to pound the Scarlets line before the break but couldn’t get over, then after oranges momentum switched the other way, you suspect with Brad Mooar laying down the law at the interval.

Fly-half Ryan Lamb came on to eye up a few gaps and Scarlets dominated territory for the third quarter, but McFarland has instilled a fighting attitude into his troops and the hosts defended as well as they’d attacked in the first 40.

It took Scarlets 74 minutes to get on the board with replacement Jac Morgan delivering a lovely finish in the corner – one final riposte coming from Ulster as Faddes completed his double a minute from time.

Man of the Match – Rob Baloucoune

What an impact the lightning wing had on his first Guinness PRO14 start this season, touching down an amazing diving finish early on and displaying as much energy to his every action.

The youngster only received the ball on nine occasions but made every one count, making three clean breaks, beating five defenders and sending out three offloads.

Play of the Day

The first half was a festival of cross-field kicks for Ulster, who went coast to coast to pull the Scarlets defence apart time after time.

But it was the width on a pass that gets our play of the day award, with McCloskey spotting Baloucoune hugging the touchline wide on the right and fizzing one just over the fingertips of Steff Evans.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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