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Ulster v Zebre

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Ulster v Zebre

Postby ruckover » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:59 pm

Safe to say it wasn't exactly a brilliant weekend for Irish rugby. But, hey ho, we're still top by 7 points and only one match left that really scares us (well me anyway) in Leinster. No need to hit the panic buttons just yet.

However, another home loss would put one finger on that button, especially since that loss would be against the bottom side in the league. It's Zebre at home this weekend, and it has to be a 5-pointer now after last week's disappointment.

To say Zebre are out of form would be an understatement - they haven't won a game yet, not even a friendly. However, like all teams they shouldn't be underestimated - we nearly lost away to them back in November and they gave the Scarlets a right scare at the Parc y Scarlets as well. They boast some very good players too - Daniel Halangahu and Tito Tebaldi are two solid half-backs, and ex-Munsterman David Ryan is a decent addition to their scrum. They should be getting a few players back from Six Nations duty as well.

Then again, so are we. After warming the bench down in Dublin, Chris Henry and Declan Fitzpatrick should be back for us at least off the bench, while Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson will probably be allowed a full match. They need it too since they haven't had any competitive rugby for four weeks. Our squad is looking relatively strong for a Six Nations league match.

Injury-wise, anybody heard anything about Paddy Wallace or Ruan Pienaar? I think Luke Skymarshall should start ahead of Wallace anyway, but Pienaar is such a good player we can't afford to lose him right now. My team is based on these two being injured.

In my opinion Annett should start ahead of Herring after their performances on Friday. The former (in my opinion) was better at the line-out and I honestly think deserves a start in a strong side to see what he can do. I reckon Birch deserves another chance in the back row too, but if Henry starts then he won't. Tuohy needs a start too.

I'm also presuming Henry and Fitzpatrick will be on the bench, so my team would be:

15. R Andrew, 14. A Trimble, 13. D Cave, 12. L Marshall, 11. M Allen, 10. P Jackson, 9. P Marshall; 1. T Court, 2. N Annett, 3. J Afoa, 4. J Muller (c), 5. D Tuohy, 6. I Henderson, 7. A Birch, 8. R Diack.

16. R Herring, 17. C Black, 18. D Fitzpatrick, 19. L Stevenson, 20. C Henry, 21. M Heaney, 22. S Olding, 23. C Cochrane.
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby Harold7 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:43 pm

ruckover wrote:Safe to say it wasn't exactly a brilliant weekend for Irish rugby. But, hey ho, we're still top by 7 points and only one match left that really scares us (well me anyway) in Leinster. No need to hit the panic buttons just yet.

However, another home loss would put one finger on that button, especially since that loss would be against the bottom side in the league. It's Zebre at home this weekend, and it has to be a 5-pointer now after last week's disappointment.

To say Zebre are out of form would be an understatement - they haven't won a game yet, not even a friendly. However, like all teams they shouldn't be underestimated - we nearly lost away to them back in November and they gave the Scarlets a right scare at the Parc y Scarlets as well. They boast some very good players too - Daniel Halangahu and Tito Tebaldi are two solid half-backs, and ex-Munsterman David Ryan is a decent addition to their scrum. They should be getting a few players back from Six Nations duty as well.

Then again, so are we. After warming the bench down in Dublin, Chris Henry and Declan Fitzpatrick should be back for us at least off the bench, while Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson will probably be allowed a full match. They need it too since they haven't had any competitive rugby for four weeks. Our squad is looking relatively strong for a Six Nations league match.

Injury-wise, anybody heard anything about Paddy Wallace or Ruan Pienaar? I think Luke Skymarshall should start ahead of Wallace anyway, but Pienaar is such a good player we can't afford to lose him right now. My team is based on these two being injured.

In my opinion Annett should start ahead of Herring after their performances on Friday. The former (in my opinion) was better at the line-out and I honestly think deserves a start in a strong side to see what he can do. I reckon Birch deserves another chance in the back row too, but if Henry starts then he won't. Tuohy needs a start too.

I'm also presuming Henry and Fitzpatrick will be on the bench, so my team would be:

15. R Andrew, 14. A Trimble, 13. D Cave, 12. L Marshall, 11. M Allen, 10. P Jackson, 9. P Marshall; 1. T Court, 2. N Annett, 3. J Afoa, 4. J Muller (c), 5. D Tuohy, 6. I Henderson, 7. A Birch, 8. R Diack.

16. R Herring, 17. C Black, 18. D Fitzpatrick, 19. L Stevenson, 20. C Henry, 21. M Heaney, 22. S Olding, 23. C Cochrane.


Why would Henry be on the bench? Surely if he's available he starts.

Ireland suffered a few injuries today so i wonder what impact that will have on things.

Also is Jackson injured or just being held back by Ireland? Kidney mentioned in his press conference on Friday about him being injured but I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere else.
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby Jackie Brown » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:52 pm

Kidders wasn't 100% sure who this Jackson fella was.
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby Eggs » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:04 pm

I've been reliably informed Jackson has an ankle injury. However even if he is fit, he may be held back for Ireland given Sexton looks to be out.

I'd like to see Olding again on friday, either at 10 or 15. Afoa and court in the front row is a must. Is Muller fit enough to start? If so great, but if any niggles then bench him. Hendo needs game time, surely Ireland will let him play.

The only other question will be Trimbo, if Zebo is out then it'll be him or Fitz, I suspect we all know what way the grinning moron will go, and we will have angry Andy Friday night!

Edit- I'm not so convinced that this will be a potential 5 pointer, a win would be enough, will be great to see how the team respond to the mess that was 2 days ago.
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Postby Bart S » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:11 pm

Usual form is that it's only the Ireland starting XV who are rested, with those who have been benching sent back to get some gametime, therefore I'd imagine Deccie Fitz and Henry could well both start.

If fit, I'd say PJ wil def start for Ulster this weekend given the Sexton situation.
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby Boutye » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:14 pm

If Healey gets cited, could have pissible implications for TC, maybe not this game but the followin ones??
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby againstthehead » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:40 am

Court will be on the bench for Ireland if Healy gets cited. The glasgow game is looking increasingly difficult at this stage. Need a few bodies back from injury....
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby tommyblue » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:36 am

A couple if weeks back I would have been all for resting our bigger guns- even the likes of the Irish boys I would have said take the week off, sadly we can't afford to do this now.
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby ruckover » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:06 am

With all the injuries that Ireland have, is it possible Kidney will ask for the guys that might play to be left on the bench to avoid anymore? Guys like Court, Fitz, Stevo, Hendo, Henry, Jacko and Trimble? If so it'd be a strong bench.
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby thegreenlantern » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:47 pm

Is this game a sell out me and a few of the boys are thinkin of headin up.
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby ruckover » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:54 pm

thegreenlantern wrote:Is this game a sell out me and a few of the boys are thinkin of headin up.

Last I heard yes. Or very close to it anyway.
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby Rooster » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:57 pm

thegreenlantern wrote:Is this game a sell out me and a few of the boys are thinkin of headin up.

Nope tickets still onsale
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby pip14 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:37 pm

Extended Ulster squad v Zebre, RaboDirect PRO12, Friday 15th February, Ravenhill, 7.05pm;

Forwards (14)

Rob Herring, Niall Annett, Tom Court, Callum Black, John Afoa, Declan Fitzpatrick, Johann Muller, Neil McComb, Lewis Stevenson, Dan Tuohy, Chris Henry, Iain Henderson, Mike McComish, Robbie Diack.

Backs (11)

Ruan Pienaar, Michael Heaney, Stuart Olding, Paddy Jackson, Paddy Wallace, Luke Marshall, Darren Cave, Michael Allen, Andrew Trimble, Chris Cochrane, Ricky Andrew.
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby Jackie Brown » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:42 pm

Where's wee Marshy?

More importantly... where's NOC NOC?
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Re: Ulster v Zebre

Postby Jackie Brown » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:48 pm

Court, Annett, Afoa, Muller, Tuohy, Henderson, Henry, Diack

Pienaar, Olding, Cochrane, Skymarshall, Cave, Trimby, Andrew

Bench,
Herring, Black, Chocolate, Stevenson, McComish, Heaney, PJ, Allen

Sad to see Birch dropped
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