Broken season no problem for Ulster's Maxwell

SPRINT king Andy Maxwell believes the fractured Celtic League season will not get in the way of Ulster's goal of winning the title.

Maxwell, a former Irish Schools' sprint champion, keeps his left-wing berth for tonight's trip to Glasgow. Though this is Ulster's only game in April, he believes the break allows them to work on units skills.

"It does break up the momentum after a string of good results. But on the other hand it does give us the opportunity to work on individual and unit skills," said Maxwell who has scored six tries in his six comeback games.

"We had a good look at the video of Glasgow, and there were a lot of things we had to work on. The break has given us time to put those things into action and allow player to work on what they have to do.

"But this league is so unpredictable with any one of four or five teams could run off with the title. We've five games left now and every one will be like a final so it's up to us to play to our full potential," said Maxwell.

He continued: "The present team is confident is everything they do, and of course, it all starts up front. The forwards have laid the platform all season. They have been playing so well, and their confidence and leadership had spread throughout the side.

"But like any other team in the league, Glasgow are going to be hard to beat, particularly on their own turf. But if we do the basics right and cut out the errors, then there is no reason why we can't be there challenging for the top again."

Ulster have the best away record in the league this season, with 21 points accrued so far and a 25-23 win over Glasgow at Ravenhill already this season when David Humphreys scored all the points.

The recently-retired international will again be the key man at Firhill, where Ulster show one change, with Andrew Trimble returning to the centre.

ULSTER: B Cunningham, T Bowe, A Trimble, J Bell, A Maxwell, D Humphreys, I Boss, B Young, R Best, S Best (capt), J Harrison, M McCullough, N Best, S Ferris, R Wilson.

Replacements: N Brady, J Fitzpatrick, R Caldwell, N McMillan, K Campbell, A Larkin, J Topping.

GLASGOW: G Staniforth; R Lamont, H O'Hare, A Henderson, C Shaw, D Parks, S Pinder; K Tkachuk, S Lawson, E Murray, D Turner, C Hamilton, A Wilson, J Petrie, D Macfadyen,.

Replacements: F Thomson, B Prescott, J Eddie, J Beattie, J Barclay, C Howarth, S Davey.

Referee: Tim Hayes (WRU).

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