Bradley calls for clinical display

Guinness PRO12 Editor

1 Mar 2012


Head coach Michael Bradley has called for a more clinical performance from his Edinburgh Rugby charges as they head to Ravenhill to face Ulster for a third straight game on the road.

Lying in wait are play-off chasing Heineken Cup quarter-finalists, Ulster, whose impressive home form has seen them lose just one of their last 18 matches at home, dating back to the visit of Treviso in December 2010.

Despite also qualifying for the last eight of Europe’s elite cup competition, Edinburgh Rugby’s form in the RaboDirect PRO12 has been a source of frustration for the side.

Bradley, said: “We’ve identified with the players that, in our recent matches at home and away, we’ve had opportunities but haven’t taken them, which you simply can’t afford to do at this level.

“In spite of that, we haven’t sought to change too much for this weekend as the same formula applies.

“We will look to continue to create those chances but we must take and finish them. If we do that then we’re capable of winning this match.

“It’s a matter of concentration for the 80 minutes, doing the basics right and taking the opportunities that present themselves.”

Bradley has named four changes to the starting line-up for the trip to Northern-Ireland.

Sep Visser, Phil Godman and John Houston come in for Chris Paterson, Gregor Hunter and the injured Jim Thompson (ankle) and take up the with wing, stand-off and centre spots respectively.

Their introduction means Tom Brown reverts to his favoured full-back position and Matt Scott moves to outside-centre to accommodate the incoming Visser and Houston.

Argentine cap Ulises Gamboa is the only change up front as he earns his first start for the club in place of Jack Gilding, who moves to the bench.

Other changes to the replacements see the return of Robin Hislop (prop) and Harry Leonard (stand-off) while lock Robert McAlpine could make his RaboDirect PRO12 debut if called upon.

Edinburgh Rugby team to play Ulster at Ravenhill in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Friday 12 March (kick-off 7.05pm): 15 Tom Brown; 14 Sep Visser ,13 Matt Scott, 12 John Houston, 11 Tim Visser; 10 Phil Godman, 9 Chris Leck; 1 Kyle Traynor, 2 Andrew Kelly, 3 Ulises Gamboa, 4 Grant Gilchrist 5 Sean Cox, 6 Stuart McInally, 7 Roddy Grant CAPTAIN, 8 Netani Talei

Substitutes: 16 Alun Walker, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Jack Gilding, 19 Robert McAlpine, 20 Hamish Watson, 21 Alex Black, 22 Harry Leonard, 23 Chris Paterson

Unavailable through injury: Ben Cairns (knee), James King (groin), Steven Lawrie (knee), Alan MacDonald (illness), Lewis Niven (back) Jim Thompson (ankle), Steven Turnbull (ankle)

Unavailable through international duty: Mike Blair, Geoff Cross, Nick De Luca, David Denton, Ross Ford, Allan Jacobsen, Lee Jones, Greig Laidlaw, Ross Rennie