Alex Codling urges Ulster A to build on British and Irish Cup win

Andrew Warwick starts in the front row for Ulster A.
Andrew Warwick starts in the front row for Ulster A.

Coach Alex Codling takes Ulster A to one of his former clubs Bedford Blues in the second pool game in the British and Irish Cup on Saturday.

The A team started with an impressive win last week while Bristol kicked off with a bonus point win at the Scarlets Select and Codling knows it will be a tough afternoon at Goldington Road.

“There will be a big crowd and a great atmosphere, so we’re looking forward to the challenge and it is up to us to build on last Friday,” said Codling.

“It’s an old-fashioned ground and the crowd are right on top of you, there is a significant slope in the pitch and how you manage playing with and against it is a key part of making sure you give yourself the best chance of winning the game.

“You have to take your opportunities and it is a very competitive group, it’s up to us to build from Friday.”

Despite toppling Bristol leaders of the English Championship Codling knows there is plenty for his side to improve on.

“I think there is always a bit of emotion post-game and certainly it was one of delight with the performance,” he added.

“But when you look back there were still opportunities missed and loads to work on.”

Andrew Warwick joins Jonny Simpson in the front row with John Andrew remaining at hooker. Lewis Stevenson comes into the second row while Sean Reidy starts at No8.

Behind the pack, David Shanahan returns at scrum half, while there is a new midfield partnership with Luke Marshall and Sam Arnold starting.

Rory Scholes is on the wing with Robert Lyttle and Jonny McPhillips retaining their places.