Rainbow Cup: Teams up for Edinburgh v Ulster

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Friday 12th April 2019. Ulster guarantee a top two finish with a convincing win against Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday nght.

Dan McFarland has made seven changes for Ulster’s final game of the season as they take on Edinburgh at Murrayfield tomorrow evening.

It will be the final time we will see Kyle McCall and Adam McBurney in the white shirt as they are set to start together in the front row. Nothing has been confirmed about the futures of Alby Mathewson and Matt Faddes but it appears that they will depart at the end of the season as no contract renewals have been announced.

Alby is listed on the bench while Faddes will start on the right wing. All bar Mathewson have spent considerable time outside the matchday 23 with McCall’s last game coming against Connacht at Christmas while McBurney and Faddes’ last appearances were in March and February respectively.

Alan O’Connor, Marcus Rea, Ian Madigan and Rob Lyttle are the other changes to the starting 15.

The opposition

Edinburgh’s Lions, Duhan van der Merwe and Hamish Watson, both feature in the starting 15 while Blair Kinghorn slots in at out half instead of his usual fullback position. Scottish internationals Pierre Schoeman, Simon Berghan and Henry Pyrgos are listed on the bench.

Ulster have a very good record against Edinburgh in recent years, winning all five of their last meetings. The last defeat came in February 2018 when a Duncan Weir drop goal sealed Edinburgh’s first victory in Belfast since September 2009.

6 APR 18PRO14MurrayfieldNigel Owens32 (19)20 (13)
7 SEP 18PRO14RavenhillStuart Berry30 (6)29 (16)
12 APR 19PRO14MurrayfieldNigel Owens29 (15)7 (0)
5 SEP 20PRO14MurrayfieldFrank Murphy22 (0)19 (5)
30 NOV 20PRO14MurrayfieldCraig Evans43 (19)14 (7)

Like Ulster, Edinburgh are out of the running for the Rainbow Cup with just five points from their three matches with their only win coming in the opening round against Zebre. The Scottish side had a disappointing PRO14 campaign, winning just five games against Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Glasgow, Zebre and Connacht.

The previous meeting was a one-sided affair in favour of the Belfast side which saw John Andrew score a hat trick, a John Cooney double as well as tries from Stewart Moore and Jordi Murphy.

The man in the middle

Ben Whitehouse takes charge of his 74th competition game tomorrow night at Murrayfield. In his nine Ulster matches, the northern province are undefeated, winning seven and drawing two.

1 OCT 16PRO12OspreysRavenhill9 (3)7 (7)
13 OCT 17Champions CupWaspsRavenhill19 (3)9 (6)
28 APR 18PRO14MunsterThomond Park24 (24)24 (14)
21 SEP 18PRO14CheetahsToyota Stadium39 (14)39 (17)
16 NOV 20PRO14ZebreStadio Sergio Lanfranchi57 (26)14 (7)


Harry Paterson15Rob Lyttle
Eroni Sau14Matt Faddes
James Johnstone13James Hume
George Taylor12Stuart McCloskey
Duhan van der Merwe11Craig Gilroy
Blair Kinghorn10Ian Madigan
Charlie Shiel9David Shanahan
Boan Venter1Kyle McCall
Patrick Harrison2Adam McBurney
WP Nel3Marty Moore
Marshall Sykes4Alan O’Connor
Ben Toolis5Iain Henderson (C)
Jamie Ritchie (C)6Matty Rea
Hamish Watson7Marcus Rea
Ben Muncaster8Nick Timoney
Mike Willemse16Rob Herring
Pierre Schoeman17Andrew Warwick
Simon Berghan18Tom O’Toole
Mesu Kunavula19Kieran Treadwell
Harri Morris20Greg Jones
Henry Pyrgos21Alby Mathewson
Nathan Chamberlain22Billy Burns
Cammy Hutchison23Michael Lowry

The FRU predicts: Ulster ran away with the last game between the sides and although they’ve enjoyed some good fortune in the Scottish capital in recent years, I think this will be a match where they come out second best.

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