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Trip to Rodney Parade is still not one to relish


Rodney Parade

Rodney Parade

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Rodney Parade

It would have been a great weekend to be a Welshman in Ulster with Warren Gatland's side beating England to keep Irish hopes of another Six Nations title alive and then Cardiff coming from behind to down Edinburgh to give the province's PRO14 play-off hopes another boost.

Still, I doubt anyone leaving Belfast for Wales this weekend will be relishing the trip.

Rodney Parade was always our least favourite ground to play at. We're getting used to the modern facilities we have at Kingspan Stadium and elsewhere now… almost everywhere else but Newport actually. I had to laugh when watching Man City's millionaire footballers crammed in there for a recent FA Cup tie, at least there's only 18 in their squad I suppose.

A Sunday kick-off as well was always something we didn't seem to like either, so make no bones about it, even with the Dragons' poor record this year, this weekend will be Ulster's toughest fixture of the month.

They'll know it too. It probably goes back to even before a lot of those young Dragons players were at the club but it's something that almost passes down from group to group, that knowledge that a team doesn't like coming to you.

That aside, it's another game where Ulster really need a result to maintain momentum.

Belfast Telegraph