Wednesday 24 May 2017

'Disappointed' Gilroy switches focus to Ulster

Craig Gilroy: Right frame of mind
Craig Gilroy: Right frame of mind
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ulster winger Craig Gilroy is eager to quickly put the pain of World Cup omission behind him and concentrate on his province.

Gilroy was outstanding for Ulster last season, scoring 11 tries, and he said that not being given a chance during Ireland's warm-up games was difficult to take.

"Obviously I will be feeling pangs of disappointment at not being involved and I was disappointed at not being given a chance to put my hand up for selection regarding the warm-up games," he said.

"But the eight or nine weeks that I was down in camp was invaluable and I certainly felt I came on as a player.

"Now I want to stay fit and get a good roll of form going, and if the chance (with Ireland) comes in the next month, I will be in the right frame of mind.

"I know what the players are now going through and I'll be as excited as any other fan when the tournament starts.

"You can't sit and mope. I'll be fully concentrating on Ulster."

Last week's bonus point win over the Ospreys was the ideal way for Gilroy to begin the healing process, and he feels as if he has picked up where he left off last season

"I feel one season has run into the other and I just feel the same player, so hopefully I will continue in the same form," said the 24-year-old. "I enjoyed my rugby last season."

Ulster travel to Llanelli this afternoon to take on a Scarlets side that will be buoyed after stunning defending champions Glasgow Warriors in their own back yard last time out.

Andrew Trimble misses out having suffered a hip flexor strain, which means that Gilroy switches to the right wing and promising youngster Rory Scholes comes onto the left.

Having arrived from London Welsh during the summer, second-row Peter Browne starts his first competitive game.

The two sides drew 32-32 in last season's league meeting at Parc y Scarlets but Gilroy reckons Ulster can go one better this time around.

"We feel comfortable on their pitch and we know what game plan they will play - if we get our stuff right on the day we should get the win," he said.

Verdict: Ulster

Scarlets - S Evans; H Parkes, R King, G Owen, M Tagicakibau; D Jones, A Davies; P John, E Phillips, P Edwards; T Price, L Rawlins; A Shingler, J Davies, J Barclay (capt). Reps: K Myhill, R Evans, W Taylor, G Earle, R Pitman, K Hardy, A Thomas, T Williams.

Ulster - L Ludik; C Gilroy, L Marshall, S McCloskey, R Scholes; P Nelson, P Marshall; A Warwick, R Herring (capt), W Herbst; P Browne, F van der Merwe; R Wilson, W Faloon, N Williams. Reps: J Andrew, C Black, R Lutton, R Diack, C Ross, D Shanahan, S Arnold, D Busby.

REF - A Brace (IRFU)

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