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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby rooster » October 26th, 2018, 12:56 am

johng wrote:Jaysus Ulster are badly stuck if they are relying on Eddie O'Sullivan for loose head. It's been many years since he played.... And he was a winger then.
Well in all seriousness it is Eric O'Sullivan ex Leinster age grade and Trinity college player, seems a decent prospect
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby sunshiner1 » October 26th, 2018, 3:22 am

gotta say I'm excited to see Baloucoune and what he can do. wonder will he make the transition
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby johng » October 26th, 2018, 2:21 pm

rooster wrote:
johng wrote:Jaysus Ulster are badly stuck if they are relying on Eddie O'Sullivan for loose head. It's been many years since he played.... And he was a winger then.
Well in all seriousness it is Eric O'Sullivan ex Leinster age grade and Trinity college player, seems a decent prospect

I knew that! :mullet 1: It's less fun though. Never saw Yerman Balcony in action. But he sounds like he could be exciting
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Ruckedtobits » October 26th, 2018, 10:55 pm

5 pointer for Ulster and another try for Shanahan. The turnaround continues.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » October 27th, 2018, 11:48 am

Not saying I think he's top class but I never got the hate for Shanahan, always seemed decent to me.

Ulster really are a very stupid team, so many idiotic penalties over the last few games. The set piece is a disaster as well and the combination of the two just puts them under so much pressure.

I know they won last night and played some good stuff but the Dragons can't defend and there's no way they'd have got away with so many inaccuracies against a better side. There were so many occasions where a forward was in the way of the halfbacks, a pass was dragged back way too far, or players were isolated but had the ball flung to them anyway. They're better when play breaks up but they really need to sort out some basic stuff.

Marty really does look much better around the pitch than he did at Wasps but I wonder if slimming down has ruined his scrummaging? I'm not blaming the scrum issues on him but he was certainly struggling.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby nc6000 » November 5th, 2018, 1:07 pm

Chris Henry is the latest player to retire.......

https://www.ulsterrugby.com/2018/11/chr ... to-retire/
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby cormac » November 5th, 2018, 1:34 pm

They actually look like they could do with a couple of short-term signings in the pack for the rest of the season. That's Pete Browne, Jean Deysel and Chris Henry all retired in the last month.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby blockhead » November 6th, 2018, 12:56 am

cormac wrote:They actually look like they could do with a couple of short-term signings in the pack for the rest of the season. That's Pete Browne, Jean Deysel and Chris Henry all retired in the last month.


And Bowe, Payne, Trimble, Marshall at the end of last season, Piatau gone too not to mention Olding and Jackson!
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby sunshiner1 » November 6th, 2018, 2:07 am

Henry was a superb player. He unfortunatley always seemed to get injured around the time of the international call-ups which means his cap tally isn't as high as it should be. An amazing player and a huge influence up in Ulster.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Oldschool » November 6th, 2018, 10:44 am

sunshiner1 wrote:Henry was a superb player. He unfortunatley always seemed to get injured around the time of the international call-ups which means his cap tally isn't as high as it should be. An amazing player and a huge influence up in Ulster.

Agree and he had to contend with Kidney's period in office regarding winning caps.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby FLIP » November 19th, 2018, 2:11 pm

Ah You moves to Newcastle with immediate effect.

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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » November 19th, 2018, 2:23 pm

Getting game time for the World Cup?

Remember someone on here thought that Les Kiss would get him fit and get the best out of him? :lol:

Despite being so wrong before, wouldn't be shocked if Richards managed to get something out of him for a short while. What a waste though, really talented player.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby sunshiner1 » December 6th, 2018, 10:49 am

Ulster are down to only two LH props you wonder if there isn't a need for a medical joker
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby neill_m » December 6th, 2018, 11:50 am

sunshiner1 wrote:Ulster are down to only two LH props you wonder if there isn't a need for a medical joker


2 fit and registered LHs for Friday's game in Llanelli. There are 3 players still registered in the Euro Squad who are no longer at the club (Ah You, Henry and Deysel)
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » December 6th, 2018, 1:19 pm

O'Sullivan is starting and McCall is on the bench.

There's a lot to like in that Ulster side but you just never really know how they're going to perform, especially away from home. I'm hoping that Henderson and Jordi can drag that pack to a performance and if they do then they have a chance. Jordi has been in really good form recently, thought he was a class above last week.

Burns is probably the key though. I don't rate him but he does have talent so fingers crossed he can deliver. I'd expect a big performance from Cooney as well. I felt his form dipped a bit when he was wearing the headgear and I think it suits him better to be the main man rather than his role for Ireland which was more about playing the system and just playing for his tens. That said, I didn't think he was bad against the US, got a lot of criticism but I thought he was fine.
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby mildlyinterested » December 6th, 2018, 1:35 pm

4 homegrown ulster men in starting XV
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby Jackie Brown » December 7th, 2018, 5:57 pm

Burns is cr@p

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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby blockhead » December 7th, 2018, 6:59 pm

Ulster team to play Scarlets:

(15-9): L Ludik; H Speight, W Addison, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; B Burns, J Cooney;

(1-8): E O’Sullivan, R Best (captain), M Moore, I Henderson, K Treadwell, S Reidy, J Murphy, M Coetzee;

Replacements (16-23): R Herring, K McCall, T O’Toole, M Rea, N Timoney, D Shanahan, J McPhillips, D Cave.

5 Leinster guy's in the 23
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby blockhead » December 7th, 2018, 9:02 pm

Stockdale!
What a player.
3-8 to Ulster 15mins gone
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Re: Ulster 2018-2019

Postby wixfjord » December 7th, 2018, 9:21 pm

Ulster making a fair first of this. Good game.
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