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Alan Solomons expects tough ask against his old team


Familiar: Ulster native Mike Allen is on Edinburgh’s bench

Familiar: Ulster native Mike Allen is on Edinburgh’s bench

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Familiar: Ulster native Mike Allen is on Edinburgh’s bench

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons believes his side must be at their best tonight if they are to end his former team's 100 per cent home record in the PRO12.

Ulster have taken 15 points from three home games in the league, despite a European defeat to Saracens last time out in Belfast, and Solomons knows the task at hand is a testing one.

"Ulster at the Kingspan in front of a home crowd will be a tough ask," said the South African. "We have to make sure that we are at our best. This will be a real test for the team, and especially for our strength in depth, bearing in mind our injury toll."

Ulster took a losing bonus point from their trip to Leinster last week, and as Edinburgh earned the full five points against Newport, the teams enter tonight's contest locked on 23 points apiece with the visitors sitting in sixth place by virtue of having won more games.

Solomons makes four changes to the side that beat the Dragons last week but is missing two influential performers in Scottish international Sam Hidalgo Clyne and impressive import Nasi Manu.

There will be a pair of familiar faces on the visiting bench, however, with Ulster natives Mike Allen and John Andress both among the replacements.

"Though we've beaten Ulster twice this season - at home in the PRO12 and in our pre-season friendly - we know we have to be at the top of our game," added Solomons. "Last Friday's bonus-point win over Dragons was important for us and we must build on that momentum.

"We have the benefit of a relatively unchanged line-up, and welcome back Anton Bresler and Dougie Fife from injury to add stability to the second row and backs respectively."

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