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Heineken Challenge Cup Preview – Leicester v Ulster

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It is semi-final time in Europe this weekend and it all kicks off with Leicester hosting Ulster in the first Challenge Cup semi-final on Friday.

It is the first Cup Final that will be on the cards for both teams so this would set the weekend in the right mood.

Both sides have won the European Cup before but neither have been able to lift the Challenge Cup yet.

Leicester has a huge win in their quarter final against Newcastle off 39-15 with Ulster getting the better of the Saints 35-27 the reach the semi-finals.

Leicester have won all of their six home matches in the competition and have a winning record of 3 out of 4 matches against Ulster at home.

It is clear to say they will go into the match as favourites but in playoffs all that matters is what you do on the day.

The Tigers will have England International Ben Youngs on the bench for this one.

Richard Wigglesworth will partner George Ford as the halfback combination for this weekend clash.

We also see George Martin return to the starting XV on the side of the scrum.

Stuart McCloskey replace Stewart Moore in the midfield. The side will be led by Ireland lock Ian Henderson. We also see Alan O’Conner replacing Kieran Treadwell.

This is going to be a cracker so do not missed it live on SuperSport Friday at 20:55

Teams:

Leicester: Steward; Porter, Moroni, Scott, Nadolo; Ford, Wigglesworth; Genge, T Youngs (capt), Cole, Wells, Green, Martin, Liebenberg, Wiese.

Replacements: Clare, De Bruin, Heyes, Lavanini, Brink, B Youngs, Henry, Murimurivalu.

Ulster: Stockdale; Baloucoune, Hume, McCloskey, McIlroy; Burns, Cooney; O’Sullivan, Herring, Moore, Henderson (capt), A O’Connor; Rea, Murphy, Timoney.

Replacements: Andrew, Warwick, O’Toole, Treadwell, Reidy, Mathewson, Lowry, Addison.

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