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Post Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
Venue: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli Date: Saturday, 24 February Kick-off: 19:35 GMT Coverage: Live on S4C, BBC Two NI and the BBC Sport website

Scarlets will look to get back to winning ways against Ulster on Saturday to keep the pressure on table-toppers Leinster in the Pro14.

Wayne Pivac starts flanker James Davies and hooker Ryan Elias after they were released from the Wales squad.

Replacement hooker Emyr Phillips is set to reach a career milestone with his 150th appearance for the region.

Andrew Trimble's inclusion is one of two Ulster changes from the defeat by Edinburgh as John Andrew also starts.

Record appearance holder Trimble is recalled to replace the injured Craig Gilroy, with Andrew coming in at hooker for Rob Herring.

Fly-half Johnny McPhillips has overcome a shoulder injury and retains his place at half-back alongside John Cooney, who has been released from the Ireland squad.

Scarlets are without a win in all competitions since the Champions Cup victory over Toulon on 20 January and have slipped to second in conference B.

As well as having a 11 members of their senior squad on international duty, they were also dealt a blow this week with the announcement that full-back Johnny McNicholl and wing Tom Prydie are expected to be out for the rest of the season.

Testing time

Pivac said: "It'll be a hell of a scrap if we don't get a result this weekend. It closes right up and with Leinster coming the following week it'll be a testing time for us.

"We want the crowd to get behind the team as if it was a European cup match because in the context of Pro14 these next couple of weeks will be quite important.

"We need the 16th player at this stage of this season."

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Scarlets: Williams; Baldwin, Asquith, Hughes (capt), Nicholas; Jones, J Evans; D Evans, Elias, Kruger, Cummins, Bulbring, Beirne, Davies, Macleod

Replacements: Phillips, Price, Gardiner, Rawlins, Boyde, Smith, Hughes, Conbeer

Ulster: Ludik; Trimble, Marshall, McCloskey, Bowe; McPhillips, Cooney; Warwick, Andrew, Herbst, O'Connor (capt), Treadwell, Rea, Timoney, Deysel

Replacements: Herring, McCall, Ah You, Dalton, Henry, Marshall, Nelson, Cave.

Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)

Assistants: Adam Jones, Elgin Williams (both Wales)

TMO: Sean Brickell (Wales)


Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:40 pm
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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
Wow! That was a mission. I'm in hospital had a total hip replacement at 9am this morning. So posted the Scarlet v Ulster on my smart phone.
Looks like all the reverent info is there. :D


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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
reverent info :D Should be relevant info


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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
3-7, nobody there, ridiculous schedule

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now 27-10 :thumbup:

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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
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now 27-10 :thumbup:


and presumably no problems with the schedule?

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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
The Scarlets reserves played remarkably well against an international-packed Ulster in the end. 34-10! What is noticeable is how they have been improving with each game following the Treviso fiasco.


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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
3-1 split for our provinces, this weekend, plus the big one in Dublin.. :D

I guess we'll take it.

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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
najbritcol wrote:
The Scarlets reserves played remarkably well against an international-packed Ulster in the end. 34-10! What is noticeable is how they have been improving with each game following the Treviso fiasco.


Well done Scarlets but your building up a pretty poor Ulster side who are in free fall since they got knocked out of Europe.


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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
Fingal wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
The Scarlets reserves played remarkably well against an international-packed Ulster in the end. 34-10! What is noticeable is how they have been improving with each game following the Treviso fiasco.


Well done Scarlets but your building up a pretty poor Ulster side who are in free fall since they got knocked out of Europe.


Losing to a severely under-strength Scarlets side in this manner is but the latest disgraceful and inexplicable result on the part of Ulster. This Ulster team had the likes of Bowe, Trimble, McCloskey -
all experienced Test players. I really don't get it - their backline is up there with the best in Europe, they have a generous budget which they have used on good players over the years like Piutau and Pienaar, yet when you think how much both Leinster and Munster have dominated the Pro 12 and Europe for over a decade, Ulster look really mediocre by comparison.


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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
najbritcol wrote:
Fingal wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
The Scarlets reserves played remarkably well against an international-packed Ulster in the end. 34-10! What is noticeable is how they have been improving with each game following the Treviso fiasco.


Well done Scarlets but your building up a pretty poor Ulster side who are in free fall since they got knocked out of Europe.


Losing to a severely under-strength Scarlets side in this manner is but the latest disgraceful and inexplicable result on the part of Ulster. This Ulster team had the likes of Bowe, Trimble, McCloskey -
all experienced Test players. I really don't get it - their backline is up there with the best in Europe, they have a generous budget which they have used on good players over the years like Piutau and Pienaar, yet when you think how much both Leinster and Munster have dominated the Pro 12 and Europe for over a decade, Ulster look really mediocre by comparison.


Agree with a great deal of that, apart from the bit about McCloskey being an experienced test player: he only has 3 senior caps and two for Emerging Ireland. Contrast that with Bowe and Trimble; veritable international veterans, with the level of experience that brings.

Doubt we'll see either of them in international green, again.

Sean


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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
Abertawe Leinster wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
Fingal wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
The Scarlets reserves played remarkably well against an international-packed Ulster in the end. 34-10! What is noticeable is how they have been improving with each game following the Treviso fiasco.


Well done Scarlets but your building up a pretty poor Ulster side who are in free fall since they got knocked out of Europe.


Losing to a severely under-strength Scarlets side in this manner is but the latest disgraceful and inexplicable result on the part of Ulster. This Ulster team had the likes of Bowe, Trimble, McCloskey -
all experienced Test players. I really don't get it - their backline is up there with the best in Europe, they have a generous budget which they have used on good players over the years like Piutau and Pienaar, yet when you think how much both Leinster and Munster have dominated the Pro 12 and Europe for over a decade, Ulster look really mediocre by comparison.


Agree with a great deal of that, apart from the bit about McCloskey being an experienced test player: he only has 3 senior caps and two for Emerging Ireland. Contrast that with Bowe and Trimble; veritable international veterans, with the level of experience that brings.

Doubt we'll see either of them in international green, again.

Sean


What would your explanation be as to why Ulster generally underachieve compared to the other two big Irish provinces?


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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
najbritcol wrote:
Fingal wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
The Scarlets reserves played remarkably well against an international-packed Ulster in the end. 34-10! What is noticeable is how they have been improving with each game following the Treviso fiasco.


Well done Scarlets but your building up a pretty poor Ulster side who are in free fall since they got knocked out of Europe.


Losing to a severely under-strength Scarlets side in this manner is but the latest disgraceful and inexplicable result on the part of Ulster. This Ulster team had the likes of Bowe, Trimble, McCloskey -


all experienced Test players. I really don't get it - their backline is up there with the best in Europe, they have a generous budget which they have used on good players over the years like Piutau and Pienaar, yet when you think how much both Leinster and Munster have dominated the Pro 12 and Europe for over a decade, Ulster look really mediocre by comparison.


Bowe is past it and retiring at the end of season, his pace is gone so Ulster tried him in the centre but tonight had to risk him on the wing. Trimble isn't far behind him and 34 this year. McCloskey should be better but he is in a beaten side. Have you looked at Ulster pack and the back up players? Mediocre is the right word. Too many high earning imports before sorting out the general squad quality.

Andy Farrell is going to give them a dig out after the 6 Nations by coaching defence which they need badly. Since he has experience of the Munster & Leinster set up I expect him to be reporting back to the IRFU about what the issues are behind the scenes.


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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
Fingal wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
Fingal wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
The Scarlets reserves played remarkably well against an international-packed Ulster in the end. 34-10! What is noticeable is how they have been improving with each game following the Treviso fiasco.


Well done Scarlets but your building up a pretty poor Ulster side who are in free fall since they got knocked out of Europe.


Losing to a severely under-strength Scarlets side in this manner is but the latest disgraceful and inexplicable result on the part of Ulster. This Ulster team had the likes of Bowe, Trimble, McCloskey -


all experienced Test players. I really don't get it - their backline is up there with the best in Europe, they have a generous budget which they have used on good players over the years like Piutau and Pienaar, yet when you think how much both Leinster and Munster have dominated the Pro 12 and Europe for over a decade, Ulster look really mediocre by comparison.


Bowe is past it and retiring at the end of season, his pace is gone so Ulster tried him in the centre but tonight had to risk him on the wing. Trimble isn't far behind him and 34 this year. McCloskey should be better but he is in a beaten side. Have you looked at Ulster pack and the back up players? Mediocre is the right word. Too many high earning imports before sorting out the general squad quality.

Andy Farrell is going to give them a dig out after the 6 Nations by coaching defence which they need badly. Since he has experience of the Munster & Leinster set up I expect him to be reporting back to the IRFU about what the issues are behind the scenes.


Generally I take what you're saying, but the Ulster pack does produce some formidable forwards such as Best and Henderson, doesn't it?


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Post Re: Scarlet v Ulster Sat 24/2/18
najbritcol wrote:
Fingal wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
Fingal wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
The Scarlets reserves played remarkably well against an international-packed Ulster in the end. 34-10! What is noticeable is how they have been improving with each game following the Treviso fiasco.


Well done Scarlets but your building up a pretty poor Ulster side who are in free fall since they got knocked out of Europe.


Losing to a severely under-strength Scarlets side in this manner is but the latest disgraceful and inexplicable result on the part of Ulster. This Ulster team had the likes of Bowe, Trimble, McCloskey -


all experienced Test players. I really don't get it - their backline is up there with the best in Europe, they have a generous budget which they have used on good players over the years like Piutau and Pienaar, yet when you think how much both Leinster and Munster have dominated the Pro 12 and Europe for over a decade, Ulster look really mediocre by comparison.


Bowe is past it and retiring at the end of season, his pace is gone so Ulster tried him in the centre but tonight had to risk him on the wing. Trimble isn't far behind him and 34 this year. McCloskey should be better but he is in a beaten side. Have you looked at Ulster pack and the back up players? Mediocre is the right word. Too many high earning imports before sorting out the general squad quality.

Andy Farrell is going to give them a dig out after the 6 Nations by coaching defence which they need badly. Since he has experience of the Munster & Leinster set up I expect him to be reporting back to the IRFU about what the issues are behind the scenes.


Generally I take what you're saying, but the Ulster pack does produce some formidable forwards such as Best and Henderson, doesn't it?


Two players don't make a pack. Apart from those two, Ferris and Henry they really haven't produced too many formidable forwards since Rory made his debut in 2004.


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