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Rugby League: McCall plea: Stay out of the sin-bin; RUGBY: Magners League latest Connacht v Ulster.


ULSTER coach Mark McCall has ordered his side to stamp out silly sin-binnings in tonight's Magners League clash with Connacht (6.30).

McCall says ill-discipline cost Ulster dear in last weekend's 21-13 defeat to Munster in Cork - and he wants to avoid a repeat at the Galway Showgrounds.

"To lose two men to the sin-bin against a side of Munster's quality last week was always going to make it very difficult," he said.

"It is very frustrating because it was an opportunity lost. We put pressure on ourselves through ill-discipline and some poor decisions.

"The penalty count was high and we allowed them to relieve pressure and build set-pieces in our 22.

"We started brilliantly and were 10-0 up but then missed a penalty and the ball was turned over twice on the halfway line. Justin Harrison was sin-binned from the resulting penalty and the tide turned from there."

Centre Kevin Maggs, winger Andrew Maxwell and flanker Stephen Ferris have all been called up for the Connacht clash.

Maggs and Maxwell take over from Paul Steinmetz and Tommy Bowe who were injured against Munster, while Ferris is promoted ahead of Neil McMillan.

Connacht coach Michael Bradley says the visit of Ulster is a great opportunity for his side to return to winning ways after last week's 31-16 defeat to Leinster.

"We need to keep up our level of intensity for the entire match," he said. "We are looking forward to the game on Friday."

Connacht defeated Ulster 22-12 in Galway last season.

Bradley said: "We need to keep up our level of intensity for the entire match. But we will work on that this week. We are looking forward to this game, it should be a good one," said Bradley.

Connacht skipper John Fogarty: "This is a competitive league and games will usually hang on an incident or two.

"Ulster are just as keen to recover having suffered a couple of defeats in recent games, but we have worked extremely hard and are going into this in a positive frame of mind."

Connacht have made two changes with Samoan Ray Ofisa making his first start in the back row, while Keith Matthews comes in on the left-wing in place of the injured Conor McPhillips.

CONNACHT: D Riordan, M Mostyn, D Yapp, G Williams, K Matthews, M McHugh, C Keane' B Wilkinson, J Fogarty, R Hogan, D Gannon, A Farley, J Muldoon, R Ofisa, C Rogney.

Replacements: A Flavin, B Sturgess, M Swift, M Lacey, T Tierney, P Warwick, T Robinson.

ULSTER: B Cunningham, A Maxwell, K Maggs, P Wallace, A Trimble, D Humphreys, I Boss' J Fitxpatrick, R Best, B Young, J Harrison, M McCullough, N Best, S Ferris, R Wilson.

Replacements: P Shields, D Fitzpatrick, T Barker, K Dawson, N McMillan, K Campbell, S Young.


COACH McCALL: Warning for his Ulster stars' HARRISON: Indiscipline
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2006
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