Preview | Ulster v Connacht

Preview | Ulster v Connacht

14 days ago

Fixture News

The BKT United Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend with Ulster hosting interprovincial rivals Connacht at Kingspan Stadium.

Match Details

🤝 Ulster Rugby v Connacht Rugby
🗓 Saturday 17 September, 7.35pm
🏟 Kingspan Stadium
🏆 BKT United Rugby Championship Round 1
📺 Live on BBC NI, Premier Sports & TG4

Tickets

Match tickets are still available via the link below. Note that all tickets must be pre-purchased online as none will be available at the turnstiles.

Officials

Referee: Eoghan Cross (IRFU, 2nd league game)
AR: Chris Busby (IRFU), Andrew Cole (IRFU)
TMO: Leo Colgan (IRFU)

Going into 2022/23

With a good pre-season under their belts which included an impressive victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ulster men will be looking forward to the start of the new URC campaign. Last season, Ulster finished 3rd in the regular season standings, which booked a quarter-final place against Munster. Ulster came out on top at Kingspan Stadium then headed off to South Africa for the semi-final against DHL Stormers. Agonisingly, an 85th minute try and conversion sent the Stormers through to the inaugural final, which they would duly win against the Bulls.

Connacht will be looking to improve on their overall standing this year having fallen short of the playoff places last year, despite victories over the likes of Ulster, Munster, and the Stormers.

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Did you know?

  • Ulster’s 15-17 defeat to Stormers in Cape Town in last season's semi-final ended a three-game winning run in the BKT United Rugby Championship.
  • Ulster’s only home defeat in the URC last season was at the hands of Munster on 22 April.
  • Connacht have won three of their last four matches in the BKT United Rugby Championship.
  • Connacht have won three of their last five away games in the Championship.
  • Connacht’s record against fellow Irish provinces in theURC last season was won two, lost four,
  • The last eight fixtures between the two rivals have been evenly split with four wins apiece.
  • Connacht have won just twice in Belfast since 1960 but both of those have been in the last four years, 22-15 in October 2018 and 26-24 in the Rainbow Cup in April 2021.

Last Time Out

Ulster last hosted Connacht at Kingspan Stadium back in February. Greg Jones, Declan Moore and Robert Baloucoune (2) touched down in the emphatic 32-12 bonus point win, while Nathan Doak had a 100% kicking record off the tee in a Player of the Match performance.

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