Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Trimble triumph a joy to behold

Andrew Trimble of Ireland
Andrew Trimble of Ireland

Wasn't it wonderful to witness the great Brian O'Driscoll go out on the high he deserved with Ireland winning the Six Nations crown in Paris?

The dramatic victory over France ensured he ended his international career as a champion. There have been few more fitting finales in sport. The number 13 did himself proud.

The number 14 should be thinking the same. Andrew Trimble was magnificent in the Six Nations success for Ireland.

Had others like his Ulster buddy Tommy Bowe been fit for selection, winger Trimble may not have played at all.

One man's misfortune is another man's opportunity, and, boy, did the 29-year-old from Coleraine take it.

Before the campaign Andrew was honest enough to admit that he had not done himself justice in a green shirt.

The figures bear that out. Ahead of this year's competition Trimble, who made his Irish debut in 2005, had only scored three tries in his previous 21 Six Nations games.

Trimble put that right, racing over for three tries in the 2014 tournament alone!

It wasn't just his scoring that set him apart. Instead of waiting for things to happen like in the past he made things happen, creating havoc for opposition defences and chances for his grateful team-mates.

Defensively he was also strong, consistently delivering in the tackle and forever secure under the high ball. In the crunch contest against France he was outstanding.

Farewell to the breathtaking BOD. Hello Andrew Trimble, an international star re-born.

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