I’m raring to go
trimble set to take his frustrations out on Scarlets
BY niall crozier
WITH his Ulster colleagues Rory Best and Stephen Ferris having returned from the World Cup with glowing references for their Irish performances, Andrew Trimble feels he has something to prove.
So today, while Best and Ferris sit out Ulster’s RaboDirect Pro12 match with Scarlets in Llanelli, Trimble will start trying to make his international case afresh.
The fair-haired wing, who was Ireland’s best player in their four pre-World Cup warm-up games, was frustrated when he found himself limited to a back-up role in New Zealand.
This afternoon (3pm) the man who celebrated his 27th birthday little over a week after Ireland’s quarter-final defeat by Wales hopes to give his case a boost, ironically on Welsh soil.
But Trimble is too clever to undermine his chances by trying too hard.
“I think I do have a point to prove but I don’t want to get sidetracked by that. I don’t want to do anything that I haven’t been doing,” he said.
“I didn’t get as much game time as I wanted and felt I was playing well enough to deserve.
“But I don’t want to do anything different now that I’m back in a white shirt. I want to get out and just continue to play the way I was playing, do what I was doing naturally, just try to build on it and maybe bring a little bit more leadership to Ulster.”
Ireland’s loss in using him only sparingly in New Zealand could just be Ulster’s gain.