I had been waiting a long time for a moment like that - Trimble
Published 14/12/2015 | 02:30
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.
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."