Preview: Ulster vs Glasgow Warriors


Ulster prepare to take on Glasgow Warriors this weekend in a bid to maintain their perfect start to their Guinness Pro14 campaign. It looks to be a tough challenge for the side as they have failed to beat the Warriors in their last two meetings. However, Ulster fans hopes will be boosted at the prospect of the return of Marcell Coetzee to the side.

The northern province currently sit second in the Pro14 Group A table, just two points behind Leinster, following their perfect start. After two consecutive defeats to Leinster and Ospreys, the Warriors will look to bounce back from their mediocre start to the campaign. As they sit 4th place in Group A, Head Coach Danny Wilson believes the positives to come from previous losses will serve the team well over the coming fixtures. “There’ll be some lessons to learn along the way, but ultimately the fact that we’ve got these young Scottish-qualified players coming through and developing with us can only be a good thing in the long run,” stated Wilson.

Ulster Head Coach Dan McFarland heads into this weekends game with a lot of in-form players to choose from. Fly-half Michael Lowry came out of Monday’s win against Cardiff with 9 carries and 1 try to his name. While scrum-half John Cooney came away with the Man of the Match award following a superb individual performance. Cooney has been confirmed as available to play after being left out of the Ireland squad for the Autumn Nations Cup campaign. Fellow Ulster teammates Stuart McCloskey, Billy Burns, Jacob Stockdale, Iain Henderson and Rob Herring have been called up to the national panel.
Another big boost for the northern province is the return of South African international Marcell Coetzee. While replacement Nick Timoney performed well in the dogged win over Cardiff, McFarland will be pleased to have the Springbok star’s physical presence back for what could be a fifth consecutive win. Centre Luke Marshall is also back in the squad, having made his comeback last Monday in Wales. With Stewart Moore, James Hume and Stuart McCloskey also fit, McFarland will have options to choose from at Centre. Prop Tom O’Toole remains sidelined with a calf problem.


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