2020-21 European Rugby Challenge Cup – Northampton Saints vs Ulster Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Northampton Saints vs Ulster taking place? Saturday 10th April, 2020 – 20:00 (UK)

Where is Northampton Saints vs Ulster taking place? Franklin's Gardens, Northampton

Where can I get tickets for Northampton Saints vs Ulster? Visit official club websites for ticket information

What television channel is Northampton Saints vs Ulster on? BT Sport have the rights to televise European Rugby Challenge Cup matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Northampton Saints vs Ulster? If televised, BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

Northampton: 15 Tommy Freeman, 14 Ollie Sleightholme, 13 Rory Hutchinson, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Alex Mitchell, 8 Teimana Harrison, 7 Lewis Ludlam, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 Alex Coles, 4 David Ribbans, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Sam Matavesi, 1 Alex Waller (c)

Replacements: 16 Mikey Haywood, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Ehren Painter, 19 Alex Moon, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Tom James, 22 Ahsee Tuala, 23 Fraser Dingwall

Ulster: 15 Michael Lowry, 14 Rob Baloucoune, 13 James Hume, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Billy Burns, 9 John Cooney, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 Jordi Murphy (c), 6 Sean Reidy, 5 Kieran Treadwell, 4 Alan O’Connor, 3 Marty Moore, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Eric O’Sullivan

Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andy Warwick, 18 Tom O’Toole, 19 Cormac Izuchukwu, 20 Matt Rea, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Ethan McIlroy

THE PREDICTION

Northampton Saints just squeezed past the Pro14’s Dragons in a crazy 39-43 game last Saturday, making it back-to-back wins now as they meet Ulster in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. The visitors here put an incredible 57 points past Harlequins away from home on Sunday to totally humble the in-form Premiership side and they will be confident of back-to-back wins of their own to reach the last four of the Challenge Cup. Saints should be a more solid test now they have seen what happened to Quins, but with their last two matches going well over 70 points in total and Ulster’s win seeing 78 points scored this match looks a tough margin of victory to predict. Points-wise, though, both sides should be able to contribute well to a score-line that sails over 40 points, with travelling Ulster the likely winners.

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