Six Nations: Terrific Trimble takes his chance
Andrew Trimble’s delight at his contribution to Ireland’s 24-8 demolition of England’s Grand Slam dream on Saturday evening was that of a man who knew he had just resurrected his international prospects.
His barren run on the big stage continues; the Ulster wing has not scored an international-level try since 2007.
But he made an immense contribution to Ireland’s emphatic victory, so much so that his direct opponent, the much-vaunted Chris Ashton, never looked like getting the record-breaking seventh Championship try he wanted.
“I don’t get that many opportunities and I wanted to make this one count,” he said.
“I’m fairly happy with my performance. There’s certainly a couple of things I could work on, but I’m fairly pleased.
“For me personally it’s just great to be involved in a team that’s totally dominated England.
“For 60 minutes, definitely, we were by far the better team and at that stage the game was over so we were just enjoying ourselves.”
Comparing the standard of international rugby with what is required at club level Trimble said: “It’s a massive lift in intensity. The last international I played was against Argentina (November 28, 2010) and it wouldn’t have been quite the same level — the intensity, the pace of the game, the physicality, everything was up.
“I think it was up because we set that level of intensity and I’d like to think that I brought something to that and just contributed to that performance.”
Grinning broadly he said: “I loved every minute of it out there and if anything it’s just given me a taste for it.
“I just want more and more.”
Admitting that Ireland tend to raise their game when they go head-to-head with England, Trimble revealed that the pre-match pep-talking is a huge part of that process.
“It’s always big the week of an England game,” he said.
“You always get a few inspirational words from Paul O’Connell
and Donncha O’Callaghan pitched in with a few and Brian O’Driscoll obviously as well.
“I always love listening to O’Connell in an England week.
“He’s always got something special to say and it always has the desired effect.
“You never get sick of beating England.
“You never get sick of raising your game to that other level. Everybody wants to beat England and we’re no exception.
“All credit to them for going out there and trying to get a Grand Slam, but we were just unbelievably motivated to stop that.
“I’m pretty pleased that we’ve gone out there and just put the squeeze on them from minute one.
“As soon as the game kicked off it never crossed my mind that we were going to lose it.
“I wanted to get involved, whether it was making hits, covering back or getting the ball in hand early.
“I just wanted to get involved early to settle myself and feel that I was really a part of it. I did that.
“There were times in the past when I didn’t get as involved as you’d like, but today I loved every minute of it.”