Northampton Saints v Ulster Rugby: Three to Watch

Updated: December 6, 2012
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Ulster will put their 12 games unbeaten start to the season on the line when they travel to Franklin Gardens to take on Aviva Premiership side Northampton in round three of the Heineken Cup.

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Mark Anscombe’s side are currently upsetting the Irish, Celtic and European rugby order as they sit atop the Rabodirect Pro12 table as well as Pool 4 and their credentials will be given their sternest test on Friday night against a Northampton side that sits third in the Aviva Premiership.

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To make your task even easier, we have picked three players that we think will have a big bearing on events on Saturday. three to watch:

Craig Gilroy:

The Ulster youngster shot to international prominence with a stunning debut for Ireland in the autumn international series. Gilroy scored a try and helped create three more as Ireland beat the Puma’s 46-24 and his performance caught the eye of Lions coach Warren Gatland. The 6ft 21 year old won the 2012 IRUPA Try of the season for his effort against Munster last season, a match that announced him on the European stage and in 10 games so far this season, 5 starts, he has scored 2 tries. Gilroy also scored a hat-trick of tries for the Ireland “A” team in their win over Fiji. Gilroy has scored three tries in 12 Heineken Cup games for Ulster.

Ben Foden:

Returned to action following a lengthy lay off to help Northampton beat Sale 27-16 last weekend and after missing so much Rugby this season the England full back will be keen to build on his 80 minutes on the field against John Mitchell’s Sale side. The former scrum half may not start the game but could make an impact from the bench if called upon and with little set to separate the sides a moment of magic from the full back could make all the difference. A good finisher, Foden is also strong in the tackle. Samoan International George Pisi and the boot of Stephen Meyler are other potential match winners from the Saints backline. Since making his debut for Sale Sharks back in 2005 Foden has scored 27 tries in 135 Aviva Premiership games, an average of a try every 5 games.

Rory Best:

The return of hooker following a neck injury is a real boost for Anscombe not to mention the Ulster line out. The Irish internationals experience will be vital to any Ulster success. Best returned to action last weekend to help Ulster keep their unbeaten Rabodirect Pro12 run going. The 62 times capped star has scored 11 tries in 135 games for Ulster but has failed to score a try in his last 15 Heineken Cup games, with his last try in Europe coming in the 21-10 win over another English side, Harlequins, in January 2009.

Cork based Coach Hill Associates, sponsors of our prize and the Irish and European Core 150™ distributors, are run by former Irish International and Munster legend David Wallace, Mick O’Brien and Cormac Cotter. If you unlucky enough not to win to one in our fantasy Rugby game you can still purchase a Core 150™ Shaker Cup by emailing or calling Mick on 0852709999.

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