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Matt: We can slay the Welsh; MAGNERS LEAGUE ULSTER v DRAGONS.


MATT Williams will be hoping his Ulster side can emulate Munster and slay the Dragons at Ravenhill tonight (7.30).

Munster comprehensively dismantled the poor Welsh visitors last Sunday and now Ulster, who came close to winning in Cardiff last weekend, are looking to kick-start their Magners League season with a first win.

"I know my team can win this game, we played some great rugby on Friday night in Cardiff and the players effort was spot on," claimed Williams.

"If we can repeat that effort and style of rugby and control our penalty count then I am confident we can beat the Dragons."

And the Aussie added: "The Dragons will be nervous about coming to Ravenhill - they know how intimidating it can be to play at Ravenhill.

"But they will be sore from their defeat to Munster so we will be taking nothing for granted, we need this win and we are determined to get it."

Williams has made two enforced changes because of injuries picked up by Paddy Wallace and David Pollock, and that gives Rob Dewey in the centre and Kieron Dawson in the back row a good chance.

Former Leicester Tigers fly half Ian Humphreys is included in the replacements, alongside Italian star Carlo Del Fava.

Dragons Head Coach Paul Turner is also keen to get a win after last week's hammering.

"Ravenhill is always an exciting and vibrant place to play and the boys are looking forward to it," said Turner.

"The manner in which we leaked points last weekend was disappointing and this has been addressed in preparation for yet another away trip."

But the last time Ulster hosted the Dragons, the home side put six tries past the Welshmen in a cavalier performance to mark Williams' arrival as coach.

And skipper Rory Best is looking for a repeat tonight.

"That was a special night at Ravenhill and the players that played in that game who are playing tomorrow night want more of the same,"

Best said.

ULSTER: Schifcofske, Trimble, Cave, Dewey, Nagusa, O'Connor, Boss; T Court, R Best, B Botha, R Caldwell, E O'Donoghue, M McCullough, K Dawson, R Diack.


CALLING THE SHOTS Coach Matt Williams has called Rob Dewey, right into the team
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 19, 2008
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