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John_s_version_1The teams have been announced for Saturday’s mouth watering PRO12 clash between Ulster and Leinster at Ravenhill. Kick off 3:00 pm, live on Sky Sports. 

It’s not exactly a winner takes all, with three games still to be played, but it may as well be as whatever team wins this one will more than likely go on to win the play offs. 

Ulster’s hopes have been dealt a blow through the absence of Nick Williams, but in my reckoning these are still the two strongest squads in the PRO12 even if both teams have been disappointing by their application in some matches this season. 

However, there should be no problems for either side in getting up for this one for, as well as qualification for the knock out stages being at stake, there are also a few personal scores to be settled, especially by the Ulster players who have suffered unfavourable comparisons with their Leinster counterparts by the myopic Southern press. 

Nearly every match up has mouth watering possibilities but it’s our favourites in the front five that are going to decide this one and it’s here in the underrated Black, Lutton and Browne that Ulster have the wherewithal to win.  

Twenty-four hours to go and I’m already getting excited, cant wait so here’s the prediction …

The FRU Predicts. I’m expecting Ulster to pull this out of the bag with something to spare, our underrated front five making the difference in a surprisingly comfortable win. 

ULSTER   LEINSTER
Jarred Payne 15 Rob Kearney
Andrew Trimble 14 Isa Nacewa
Luke Marshall 13 Garry Ringrose
Stuart McCloskey 12 Ben Te’o
Craig Gilroy 11 Dave Kearney
Paddy Jackson 10 Johnny Sexton
Ruan Pienar 9 Luke McGrath
Callum Black 1 Jack McGrath
Rory Best 2 Richardt Strauss
Ricky Lutton 3 Tadhg Furlong
Pete Browne 4 Devin Toner
Franco vd Merwe 5 Hayden Triggs
Iain Henderson 6 Rhys Ruddock
Chris Henry 7 Josh van der Flier
Sean Reidy 8 Jamie Heaslip
     
Rob Herring 16 Sean Cronin
Kyle McCall 17 Peter Dooley
Andrew Warwick 18 Mike Ross
Robbie Diack 19 Mick Kearney
Roger Wilson 20 Jordi Murphy
Paul Marshall 21 Eoin Reddan
Stuart Olding 22 Ian Madigan
Darren Cave 23 Luke Fitzgerald
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