Pro14: Ulster v Southern Kings
Venue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast Date: Saturday, 23 March Kick off: 17:30 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster Medium Wave and the BBC Sport website

Marcell Coetzee’s yield is among five Ulster changes out of the win over Dragons three weeks past for Saturday’s Pro14 game against Southern Kings.

Coetzee starts in the rear row as Jordi Murphy drops out using Nick Timoney shifting from number eight to five flanker.

Other bunch changes see Andy Warwick, Ian Nagle along with Matty Rea carrying over from Eric O’Sullivan, Kieran Treadwell along with Clive Ross.

The single backs switch sees scrum-half Dave Shanahan replacement John Cooney.

Following his Six Nations Championship involvement, Cooney is named on a bench which also includes Treadwell along with Ross.

South Africa international Coetzee has not featured as sustaining a hamstring injury in the an Champions Cup win over Leicester in January.

The people create two changes by their 26-19 defeat in Cardiff three weeks past as Stefan Ungerer simplifies wounded Sarel Pretorius in scrum half and Ruaan Lerm takes over from Andisa Ntsila at number eight.

Lerm was mastered from this Cardiff game by concussion.

“They’re a physical package plus so they caused us a little trouble the last time we played over there,” explained Ulster scrum coach Aaron Dundon.

“They caused us difficulty in their breakdown and we did not defend their maul also nicely therefore we have contested our forwards to show that around with our maul, which has been a bit of a weapon for all of us , and also bringing this physicality into the breakdown”

Ulster get in to Saturday’s contest in third place at the Conference B dining table and on course to clinch a play offs spot.

Run away leaders Leinster possess a 22-point advantage over Benetton with Ulster a point behind the Italian bar and Scarlets a further four straight back in fourth.

The Kings are 2nd from bottom after winning only two of their 17 games.

In Front of the penultimate home game of their regular year, Dundon has described Saturday’s game as a’must win’ for their Play off chances:”At this time we’re third but we’re pushing for second and if we can Find that second spot it’d mean a house Quarterfinal, which could be huge to have a quarter-final in front of our fans,”

Ulster: Ludik; Baloucoune, Cave, McCloskey, Lyttle; Burns off, Shanahan; Warwick, Herring, Moore, O’Connor (capt), Nagle, Rea, Timoney, Coetzee.

Replacements: Andrew, Herbst, O’Toole, Treadwell, Ross, Cooney, Lowry, Kernohan.

Replacements: A Van Rooyen, Ferreira, Mguca, Greeff, Ntsila, Frazee Van Rooyen, Banda, Klaasen.


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