Ulster prepare for Treviso clash

Published Wednesday, 19 February 2014
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Ulster continue their preparations for this weekend's game against Treviso after an unscheduled break gave them extra preparation time.

Ulster prepare for Treviso clash
Michael Allen will be hoping to shine against Treviso. (© Presseye)

On Friday, the province's game against Scarlets was postponed because of the weather and Ulster defence coach Jonny Bell is hoping the extra preparation time will give them the edge in this Sunday's RaboDirect PRO 12 game.

Jonny said the squad was left frustrated at the last minute postponement.

He said: "They were completely prepared both mentally and physically for a tough fight and to have it called off at the last minute was very disappointing for them."

On Saturday, the squad returned to training in preparation for this Sunday's tie in Italy and Bell said those players on international duty provide the opportunity for the rest of the team to show its talents.

He added: "It creates a huge opportunity for other players to step up to the mark and put their hands up for selection and also allows them to get valuable game time in positions that they would otherwise not be able to play."

Bell said he was hopeful some players would be released from their international commitments ahead of the game.

He continued: "We are very happy to have these experienced players back in our squad whenever they're made available.

"The fact that Joe Schmidt rates those players so highly is a massive feather in their caps, it will give them the confidence to perform both at club and international level."

Michael Allen could be one of those players to show their class with Tommy Bowe out in through injury and Andrew Trimble in the Ireland squad.

"Michael has done really well, he has been frustrated due to the high standard of wingers that we have," said Bell.

"But given a chance in the form of an injury or a player away on international duty, he can really show what he is capable of.

"He provides the strength in depth that the Ulster team require competing against the best teams in Europe."

Ulster sit fourth and 12 points off leaders Munster in the RaboDirect PRO 12 and have a game in hand.

© UTV News
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