Tuesday 21 November 2017

Trimble eager to prove point in Ulster shirt after bit-part Ireland role

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

AS the form player going into the tournament, Andrew Trimble must look back on his World Cup with a sense of bewilderment after his bit-part role in New Zealand.

His only start came against Russia and although he appeared off the bench in the games against the USA, Australia, Italy and Wales, he is left with a sense of unfulfillment.

This afternoon, Trimble returns to for Ulster, who recall six of their World Cup players to action, with Paddy Wallace coming in to the centre, Ruan Pienaar starting at out-half, Simon Danielli at full-back and Tom Court and Johann Muller returning up front.

And Trimble admits he has plenty of motivation against the Scarlets and in the coming weeks.

"I think I do have a point to prove but if I don't want to get side-tracked, I don't want to be doing anything that I haven't been doing," he said.

"I feel like I didn't get as much game-time as I wanted, I felt that I was playing well enough to get it so I don't want to do anything different now.


"I just want to get out and play the way I was playing and maybe build on it and try and bring a little bit more leadership to Ulster, bring a little more intensity especially after the last few weeks when things haven't gone Ulster's way.

"All the guys coming back are going to bring something to it. The impact you can bring to a team's performance is probably minimised when you're on the wing, but whatever I can bring, I want to bring it and do as much as I can for Ulster."

Ulster are sitting on 99 victories in the Celtic League and a repeat of last season's trip to Parc y Scarlets, where Pienaar landed a penalty in injury-time to secure an 18-16 victory, would be a perfect tonic after a tough few weeks for Brian McLaughlin's men.

Scarlets have new backs Adam Warren, Aled Thomas, Liam Williams and Rhodri Williams in their starting line-up, while Andy Fenby returns on the wing and Sean Lamont takes a centre spot again, with Daniel Evans retained at full-back.

Matthew Rees and Scott Williams are on a strong bench for a club whose stock is on the rise after the performance of some of their young players in New Zealand, but they will need their internationals to lift them from a poor start that has left them fourth from bottom.

Verdict: Ulster win

Scarlets -- D Evans; L Williams, S Lamont, A Warren, A Fenby; A Thomas, R Williams; R Jones, K Owens, R Thomas, D Day, D Welch; R McCusker (capt), J Edwards, B Morgan. Reps: M Rees, P Johns, S Gardiner, A Shingler, R Pugh, T Knoyle, D Newton, S Williams.

Ulster -- S Danielli; A Trimble, N Spence, P Wallace, C Gilroy; I Humphreys, R Pienaar; T Court, A Kyriacou, D Fitzpatrick; J Muller (capt), D Tuohy; P Wannenburg, M McComish, C Henry. Reps: N Brady, P McAllister, A Macklin, L Stevenson, R Diack, P Marshall, D Cave, A D'Arcy.

Ref -- A Falzone (Italy).

Irish Independent

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