Llanelli Scarlets V Ulster...
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Referee: Tony Spreadbury
Friday 27th October 2006, 19:30
Ulster Coach Mark McCall has made one change to the side that started against Toulouse last week. Andrew Maxwell comes in for the injured Tommy Bowe as Ulster seek to build on their impressive 30 - 3 win over Toulouse when they take on another "form" side - Llanelli Scarlets.
Bowe left the field after 24 minutes on Saturday with a recurrence of a hamstring injury and now looks likely to be out of rugby action for between 4 and 6 weeks, also missing the Autunm International series. Scott Young has been included in the replacements bench.
That Ravenhill display will have opened the eyes of many who thought the Magners League champions might find it tough against the French giants.
The Scarlets got the better of London Irish 32-25 and Ulster Rugby demolished three-times Heineken Cup champions Toulouse 30-3.
Scarletts Coach Phil Davies has made a few changes after his side held on for the victory over Irish, but conceded three late tries in a frantic last quarter, and he has made two changes to his starting line-up for their vital clash.
In comes Barry Davies to replace the impressive Ceiron Thomas at full-back while Deacon Manu plays at tighthead in place of Craig Dunlea.. Ceiron Thomas moves to the bench, and Darren Daniel slips out of the match 22.
We know Ulster will be a stiff challenge, admitted Davies. They are a quality side and have a core of players who bring experience in key areas. They had a fantastic result last week when they beat Toulouse, so it should be a cracking game at Stradey Park on Friday.
Barry Davies ; Dafydd James; Regan King; Gavin Evans; Mark Jones; Stephen Jones; Dwayne Peel
Iestyn Thomas; Matthew Rees; Deacon Manu; Vernon Cooper; Inoke Afeaki; Simon Easterby
Gavin Thomas ; Alix Popham
Aled Gravell; Craig Dunlea; Adam M Jones; Nathan Thomas; Clive Stuart-Smith; Ceiron Thomas; Matthew Watkins
Bryn Cunningham; Andrew Maxwell; Paul Steinmetz; Paddy Wallace; Andrew Trimble; David Humphreys; Isaac Boss; Justin Fitzpatrick; Rory Best; Bryan Young; Justin Harrison; Matt McCullough; Neil Best; Stephen Ferris; Roger Wilson
Paul Shields; Simon Best; Tim Barker; Kieron Dawson; Kieran Campbell; Kevin Maggs; Scott Young