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We'll get chinned if we drop our guard, says Trimble


History man: Ulster's Andrew Trimble

History man: Ulster's Andrew Trimble

History man: Ulster's Andrew Trimble

Ulster are aiming to set the tone for what they hope will be a memorable 2016 by seeing off Irish derby rivals Munster today at a packed-out Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 3.00).

Should Les Kiss's in-form squad triumph again, then they will have racked up five wins on the bounce to open their New Year account in the same way that they saw out 2015 in an unblemished December. And with the Six Nations just around the corner, several Ulster players can make positive impressions on the watching Joe Schmidt.

Internationals Paddy Jackson, Chris Henry, Andrew Trimble and the yet to be capped Stuart McCloskey are all hoping to catch the Irish coach's eye. But Trimble (below), who today becomes the first Ulster player to play 200 games for the province, has warned his team-mates over any complacency.

Trimble believes that struggling Munster - who are seeking to avoid a sixth straight defeat - will spoil the party unless the home side produce a top-drawer effort. "If we drop our standards we'll get chinned this weekend," Trimble said.

"There is no point in us having this momentum unless we capitalise on it.

"It is a really good opportunity for us to improve our position in the table and though all the local derbies over the Christmas period in the league are tough, we just have to worry about ourselves, get our stuff sorted, make sure we know where we're at and hopefully produce a big one," the long-serving Ulster winger added.

Though Trimble's focus is all on getting the right result he also wants it to be a memorable occasion on a special day for him.

"There is a part of me that can't be bothered with that distraction (of making his 200th appearance) but at the same time I want to remember the occasion and be proud of it."

Belfast Telegraph