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Ulster must step up and fill Coetzee's absence: Matty Rea

 

Matty Rea
Matty Rea

By Michael sadlier

Ulster flanker Matty Rea has called on his fellow forwards to step up and fill the void left by influential No.8 Marcell Coetzee's concussion-enforced absence.

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The South African was concussed in last Friday's 35-3 victory over Connacht and is out of the reckoning for Friday's home interpro with Munster.

"I think everybody has to take the load," said Rea.

"We know going into the game what's expected of us."

The citing complaint against Connacht prop Paddy McAllister for his collision with Coetzee was dismissed yesterday at a disciplinary hearing.

The citing had been made against the former Ulster player after a coming together with Coetzee in the first half of last weekend's Guinness PRO14 game at Kingspan Stadium but the disciplinary committee ruled the incident was accidental and that no foul play had occurred.

Meanwhile, Ulster have confirmed that utility back Louis Ludik suffered ankle ligament damage in the Irish derby against Connacht and will be out until at least the middle of February.

However, the season is over for centre Angus Curtis, who has undergone knee surgery for a torn ACL which he sustained just before Christmas in their 54-42 defeat to rivals Leinster.

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