Ulster vs Clermont: Key players ahead of Champions Cup Pool 3 clash
We take a look at three key match-ups Before Friday night’s Champions Cup clash between Ulster and Clermont??Auvergne in the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast…
These two sides appreciated perfect starts to Pool 3 as Ulster won 17-16 in Clermont and Bath destroyed Harlequins 53-21 at home.
The winner between these will take an charge of Pool 3 before Rounds 4 and 3 take place in a fortnight’s time.
Below we look at three key match-ups that could determine the results on Friday…
They are on opposite flanks in the Kingspan on Friday in the feeling the Stockdale and Raka will be sporting 11 and about the left wing, however the two will be tasked with creating creative sparks for their individual attacks, and most crucially, together with being crucial finishers.
Ulster’s Stockdale is always although his superb try also seems capable of beating on the very first man and a fantastic player one-on-one. The Ireland international sealed the win for Ulster last week at the Rec with a vital defensive intervention at the final play and is always a danger.
Raka is a bulldozing wing, capable of owning a offloading ability, and rampaging over defenders or stepping beyond. The Fijian-born back scored two tries and helped another in a week Clermont triumph over Quins.
As they picked up a success in Bath cooney was in excellent shape for Ulster last week. The scrum-half was alert, charging a kick while his kicking off the tee shirt was brilliant landing a penalty and two conversions and running through for the opening effort.
Laidlaw comes together with Morgan Parra having played well from the beginning against Harlequins, and the Scot was less-than-impressive at the World Cup.
Whichever half-back may keep the pace high, kick out of hand closely link the drama between forwards and backs and, most importantly, could have major state in the winning of the competition.
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The Fijian, that stood out in the World Cup scored two tries and wreaked havoc with his speed and power at the carry. Ulster might need to concentrate a level of their efforts containing him in Friday’s match.
Among the primary men who will probably be charged with foiling Yato would probably be Springbok back-row Coetzee, who had been in brilliant shape last weekend – carrying and dominating the breakdown.
The player who outshines the other is likely to be on the side, although both are very likely to perform nicely.
Ulster: 15 Will Addison, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Billy Burns, 9 John Cooney; 1 Eric O’Sullivan, two Rob Herring, 3 Marty Moore, 4 Alan O’Connor, 5 Iain Henderson (c), 6 Sean Reidy, seven Jordi Murphy, 8 Marcell Coetzee.
Replacements: 16 Adam McBurney, 17 Kyle McCall, 18 Tom O’Toole, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Nick Timoney, 21 David Shanahan, 22 Bill Johnston, 23 Craig Gilroy.
Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Isaiah Toeava, 12 George Moala, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Greig Laidlaw; 1 Falgoux, two John Ulugia, 3 Rabah Slimani, 4 Paul Jedrasiak, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 6 Peceli Yato, 7 Arthur Iturria, 8 Fritz Lee (c).
Replacements: 16 Mike Tadjer, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Davit Zirakashvili, 19 Thibault Lanen, 20 Lucas Dessaigne, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Apisai Naqalevu.