Ulster hopeful on key players returning for semi-finals

Ulster's Rory Best
Ulster's Rory Best

Ulster remain optimistic they may have some players back from the current lengthy injury list in time to face a PRO12 semi-final in a fortnight’s time.

Mark Anscombe’s side secured fourth place in the campaign after the regular season with a losing bonus point in last Friday night’s 22-20 loss to Leinster.

Ulster once again showed tremendous character to come close to a victory against the current league leaders and defending champions Leinster having gone down to 14 men after 16 minutes when Tom Court was red carded for a tip tackle on Devin Toner.

Leinster, Glasgow and Munster, who are all above Ulster in the current standings, can all still finish in first or second place and secure a home semi-final.

This weekend is the final round of games, all kicking off at 6.30pm, with Ulster at Munster.

Leinster remains favourites to finish in first place when they entertain Edinburgh and Glasgow are expected to see off Zebre at home to secure second place and a valuable home tie in the play-offs.

Anscombe was not concerned about who Ulster played, glad to see his side into successive play-offs.

In terms of have a couple of players back from injury, Anscombe remained coy on whether Ruan Pienaar, Rory Best or Stephen Ferris would make it for the weekend of May 17.

“It is 50-50 at the moment,” he said.

However, it is expected that of the three Pienaar and Best could certainly be in the frame.”