Belfast Telegraph

Ulster Rugby star Craig Gilroy desperate to make showdown with Tigers

By Niall Crozier

A decision on the fitness of Craig Gilroy will set the mood today as Ulster start their countdown to Saturday night's winner-takes-all Heineken Cup head-to-head with Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

The Ireland wing was quite clearly dazed as he was helped from the pitch in the 55th minute of Friday night's 27-16 win against Montpellier following an accidental clash of heads with fellow international Andrew Trimble.

At the end of the match, coach Mark Anscombe and Trimble made light of the incident.

Anscombe joked: "He seemed to be all right; I think it might be a broken nose which might affect his looks."

Trimble said: "Yeah, I think I broke his nose."

But behind the apparent joviality, the bottom line is that Gilroy is now sweating on being ruled out under the strict new guidelines on dealing with concussion.

He will be put through a series of tests by the Ulster medical staff to ensure there are no ill-effects.

The hope, obviously, is that the injury is more cosmetic in nature.

Angst over the missed bonus point on Friday also proved irrelevant as it all comes down to Saturday's decider with an Ulster win likely to see them again face Leicester in a home quarter-final.

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