Andrew Trimble targets home semi-final after romp against Connacht

Ulster winger Andrew Trimble dives over for a try
Ulster winger Andrew Trimble dives over for a try

Winger Andrew Trimble insists the target of a home semi-final in the RaboDirect PRO12 remains Ulster’s challenge after Friday night’s bonus point victory over Connacht at Ravenhill.

Trimble scored his first hat-trick of tries in any competition to chalk up a personal tally of 300 points for Ulster.

Paul Marshall also crossed twice while there was one apiece for Tommy Bowe, Luke Marshall and Craig Gilroy as Ulster surged to a 58-12 win.

“After the disappointment of last weekend’s Euro exit, we were still licking out wounds and we wanted to make sure we came out tonight and played with physicality and accuracy,” said Trimble.

“That was a pretty mature performance from us tonight. We worked hard and got the job done and everyone is pretty happy.

“I am delighted to get my first ever hat-trick. It was one of those nights when there were plenty of tries about and I was in the right place at the right time.”

With Ospreys defeating leaders Leinster last night and Ulster leapfrogging Munster into second place, Trimble admits there still remains hope of getting a top two finish.

“This win, and Ospreys doing us a favour tonight as well, has put us right back on track,” said Trimble.

“We are in the hunt now and second or first seed is not out of the question, although there is still a lot of hard work to do.”

Ulster coach, Mark Anscombe, added: “We do not have a great track record of bouncing back from big Euro cup games and it was pleasing to get that response tonight.”

Meanwhile, Ulster are keeping their fingers crossed that a scan on Robbie Diack’s left ankle will not bring further bad news on the injury front – with six other players out possibly to the end of the season.