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Andrew Trimble applauds hot Ulster

By Michael Sadlier

It all worked out just fine, with those who turned up for the early kick-off feeling well rewarded. Ulster got all they wanted and more in the 48-7 win over Treviso.

The maximum return was bagged - earlier than anticipated - and Craig Gilroy stole the limelight with another spine-tingling try to somewhat overshadow Andrew Trimble who had, at least, been able to mark his record 190th appearance in the appropriate manner.

And scoring seven tries was not only a case of providing some decent entertainment on a benign autumn evening but also a key component towards building momentum and belief.

Trimble was, understandably, quite keen to get back to action after missing so much over the last 12 months and the 30-year-old, who played an hour on Friday night without getting much ball, declared himself to be in great shape after his hip flexor issue kept him out of the previous game, and defeat, at the Scarlets.

Though his preferred option would be playing at the World Cup, the winger was still honoured to have finally had the opportunity to sneak ahead of Paddy Wallace's 189 appearances for Ulster.

"It was a big occasion to get to that milestone," said Trimble.

"There was a lot to be pleased about but it's just a shame that we don't get to keep the momentum going and we've got to wait another week to play Edinburgh.

"I was running around looking for the ball and sometimes that happens. What was pleasing for me is how clinical we were. We were very patient and composed.

"It was also nice to see big Lewis (Stevenson) make a line break."

Though the hard-grafting forwards created an ideal platform to work from, they were also determined to get on the scoresheet with Dan Tuohy crossing before firsts for Sean Reidy, new signing Peter Browne, on just his third appearance, and Stevenson did likewise on 81st.

Even so, Gilroy still had the chance to shine and his first, which racked up the bonus just before half-time, when the Italians had two men in the bin, was another dazzling solo run which left five defenders flailing in his wake.

"I passed him the ball and after he beat the first guy I just knew he was going to score the try of the season," said Trimble. "That's how talented he is and I was worried he was going to get his hat-trick."

Paul Marshall was the other Ulster try scorer.

Other PRO12 results: Edinburgh 20 Ospreys 9, Munster 23 Glasgow Warriors 21, Leinster 37 Dragons 13, Connacht 36 Cardiff Blues 31, Zebre 8 Scarlets 20.

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