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Sam Windsor targeting a Christmas bonus in Cup bid

By Michael Sadlier

Published 19/12/2015

Aiming high: Sam Windsor wants to impress for Ulster ‘A’ and earn a shot in the senior team during the Six Nations period
Aiming high: Sam Windsor wants to impress for Ulster ‘A’ and earn a shot in the senior team during the Six Nations period

Ulster 'A' go in search of a repeat performance today when they host the Scarlets Premiership Select side at Ballymena's Eaton Park (kick-off 2.30pm) for the second chapter of their back-to-back meeting in the British and Irish Cup.

After coming away from Parc y Scarlets with a try bonus from their 27-19 win, the aim is to record another maximum pointer to keep up the pressure on the Pool Two leaders Bristol, who currently sit one in front of Alex Codling's squad.

Ulster 'A' out-half Sam Windsor knows that today's clash offers the home side an opportunity they must take against the struggling Welsh outfit who have been beaten in all three games so far and are bottom of the pool.

"The win comes first but we'll put pressure on ourselves to get the four tries," said the Irish-qualified Australian who arrived here last summer.

"If we get five points it puts us back on track to topping the pool and, looking ahead, if we come up against Bristol in that last game with three wins on the bounce (Ulster host Bedford, who beat them last month, in January's penultimate round) it will make for an entertaining finish to the pool stages."

Windsor's previous spells with Worcester Warriors and Leinster both resulted in the clubs winning the B&I Cup though without the 28-year-old being able to play.

This time around he is hoping for better fortune while at Ulster and is also aiming to make his senior debut during the Six Nations after being injured during the World Cup window.

"Fingers crossed Paddy (Jackson) gets the nod for Ireland as that might open a slight door for me in the senior team," he added.

Codling has made several alterations to last week's starting side with Rob Lyttle moving to full-back while two new faces find themselves on the wings in Conor Young and Malone's Adam Liddell. Paul Rowley also gets a start at scrum-half.

Up front, it's all change in the second row as Peter Browne and John Donnan come in and, in the back row, Stephen Mulholland moves to No.8 with Conor Joyce brought to accompany skipper Willie Faloon as flanker.

ULSTER 'A': R Lyttle; C Young, C Patterson, M Best, A Liddell; S Windsor, P Rowley; C Black, J Andrew, J Simpson, J Donnan, P Browne, C Joyce, W Faloon (capt), S Mulholland.

Replacements: J Murphy, R Murphy, R Kane, N Timoney, L Dow, J Pentland, A Magrath.

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