Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Pienaar created my top try, says Trimble

Andrew Trimble admitted that there was a case for arguing that his RaboDirect PRO12 Try of the Season ought really to have gone to Ruan Pienaar.

It was the Springbok's audacious one-handed behind-the-back pass that released the big Irish wing for a glorious touchdown against Connacht in Galway on April 19.

"It's strange collecting something whenever Ruan really did everything for me and spoon-fed a try, but I'm delighted. Really pleased," he beamed.

Assessing the campaign in which he has bagged 12 tries to date Trimble said: "At the start of the season I had a bit of a hot streak, cooled off a little bit in the new year and then have managed to get over the line a few times recently.

"So I'm really pleased. It's five points every time, whether it's Try of the Season or not."

And with Joe Schmidt having replaced Declan Kidney as Ireland coach, Trimble's hope is that he can resurrect his international career. He needs one more cap to complete his half-century.

"I suppose that just makes it a level playing field all over again," Trimble said. "It's a fresh start and no doubt he (Schmidt) will see it like that.

"But there's no point in having a great season this year, assuming that I've had that with an Ulster shirt on, if I don't back it up next year. So I really want to do that.

"Hopefully if I get the chance to go on tour (to the United States and Canada) I'll do that well and then have a big pre-season and just go again next year."

Emphasising the pleasure he has found in playing for Ulster this term he added: "It's great. It's really good fun. We're playing really good rugby and we're enjoying ourselves so we want to keep doing it as long as we can."

Next up is Friday night's PRO12 play-off semi-final date with the Scarlets at Ravenhill and despite having seen the Llanelli men pick up the Collision Kings Award for their outstanding breakdown play, Trimble was wholly positive in his approach to that clash.

"They're a great side and they can be a real handful so hopefully they won't do that on Friday night," he said. "But at the same time we're just looking at ourselves and saying that if we play the sort of rugby we know we're capable of, any team out there will struggle to deal with us."

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