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I had been waiting a long time for a moment like that - Trimble

Published 14/12/2015 | 02:30

Andrew Trimble: 'That was something a little bit personal'
Andrew Trimble: 'That was something a little bit personal'

Andrew Trimble was reluctant to go down the personal route about what Friday night's stunning victory over Toulouse - and in particular his brilliant solo try - meant to him but after a tough few months, he was more than entitled to revel in the moment.

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Missing out on World Cup selection is still evidently something that deeply hurts the winger but his try shortly before half-time reminded himself as much as the Ireland coaches just what he is still capable of.

"That was something a little bit personal," Trimble admitted. "Once you hit 31 and you haven't played rugby in a year. . . I have only scored one try this season.

"If you are not scoring tries as a winger you have to do a lot of unseen work. I don't want to be one of those kind of wingers. You have to be getting over the gain-line, making breaks, making offloads and scoring tries.

"It's very pleasing to get back on the score-sheet and get back feeling confident, feeling fast, feeling like my footwork is a little bit more dynamic than it has been in a few games.


"Things don't change that quickly. It was only a couple of years ago that I felt that I was performing the best rugby of my career. That doesn't just disappear.

"Having said that, coming back from injury, it is difficult to get your mind, your head space right. I have just produced wee glimpses of it and this felt like a bit of an 80-minute performance for me personally and I felt it coincided with a really big performance from the team."

For Paddy Jackson, Friday night also heralded a return to form for an out-half who did make Joe Schmidt's squad but was frustrated at his lack of game-time at the World Cup.

Jackson played with he kind of swagger and verve that radiated onto those around him and he also felt that he needed a big performance like that.

"Since coming back, after being out and not playing for so long, I've been trying to find my feet a little bit," he said.

"I don't think I've been playing badly, I just don't think I was playing as well as I could. Tonight was a night where we started running the ball a little bit and I was just glad to be a part of it.

"It was quite bizarre looking at their backline. I was on the Ultimate Rugby app, flicking though the players I was playing against and they're guys who I've watched since I was a kid.

"Guys like Luke McAlister, (Vincent) Clerc and (Clement) Poitrenaud. . . It was a bit daunting looking at that but once we got into it, we dealt well with them."

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