Nelson calls for huge drive from ‘A’ team to take charge of group
Ulster ‘A’ face a crucial clash with Cornish Pirates this evening at Shaw’s Bridge (kick-off 5pm) in their penultimate group game of the British and Irish Cup campaign.
Kieran Campbell’s squad are level on points (14) with the Pirates, who sit top of Pool Five, and Ulster need to win to stay in control of their own destiny regarding making the quarter-finals.
Though they lost 23-14 at the Pirates back in October, Ulster have won all their other group games so far and can now take a huge step forward by beating the mid-table English Championship team this evening.
Peter Nelson starts at out-half for the much-altered ‘A’ team from their last outing, when they won against Hartpury College, and, as one of the more experienced players in the squad, has called for a big effort towards ultimately winning the group.
“It’s a huge game for us,” said Nelson, who played in the first game at the Pirates.
“We’re sitting in a good position in the table and if we go well this weekend we can put ourselves in a really good spot for the final game (at the Scarlets) as well.”
Ulster know they must deal with the Pirates’ strength up front, and they have experienced operators Peter Browne and Clive Ross with both making up the team’s second row.
Ross Kane comes in at prop, while John Andrew leads the side and takes over at hooker from Adam McBurney who scored four tries against Hartpury College.
Scrum-half Jonny Stewart, who started for the senior side last weekend, links up with Nelson at half-back.
Jack Owens is at full-back with Rob Lyttle and Aaron Cairns on the wings.
Ulster ‘A’: J Owens, R Lyttle, C Patterson, R Butler, A Cairns, P Nelson, J Stewart; T O’Hagan, J Andrew (capt), R Kane, P Browne, C Ross, C Montgomery, M Agnew, M Rea.
Replacements: Z McCall, T O’Toole, E O’Sullivan, J McCusker, D Shanahan, C Swash, A Kernohan.
Belfast Telegraph Digital