Chris Henry happy to get back to work after injury

Ulster's Chris Henry breaks through the Munster defence
Ulster's Chris Henry breaks through the Munster defence

Ireland flanker Chris Henry admitted he was feeling the pace as he made his first appearance since picking up a hamstring injury playing for Ireland against Samoa in November.

Henry’s return helped Ulster to a vital PRO12 win over league leaders Munster at Ravenhill.

“I’m delighted to get through 66 minutes at that stage it was tight and I would have liked to stayed on but to come off was the right thing to do and Sean did well when he came on,” said Henry.

“It took me a bit to get into it and you remember that in the rucks and breakdowns how hard people are trying to smack you.

“I was happy with a few of the turn overs I got but I think there is still plenty more to come from me.

“I and delighted to get some game time under my belt and in an ideal world would have nice to been back last week.

“These three or four weeks are a massive part of the season for us so for me to put myself back in the mix and get back into this team I’m happy enough.

“Being out for seven weeks you miss it so much and mentally it’s hard to take when you see the team do so well and to bounce back last week was the main thing as there was a lot of pressure on the team.”

“I thought the boys really stood up in a trail game like that where they are a lot of match ups overall from 1-15 the boys should be happy.”

Henry was pleased with how Ulster survived Munster’s fight back.

“We were very disappointed to let them score just before half time it’s always a time where you don’t want to give a team life and we would have liked to been a bit further ahead but they had a lot of missed kicks, there is plenty to work on as a pack especially with the two teams coming up against us.

“We’re not happy with our set piece in general, our maul defence is something we need to look at.”

“There were big match ups and you look at the experience that Munster pack had against us.

“You had Iain Henderson coming back, you had Dan against Donnacha O’Callaghan and Paulie (O’Connell) they were the two biggest match ups and the two boys did extremely well.”

Meanwhile, Darren Cave scored one of Ulster’s two tries and he is hoping he can ply the finishes to more quality moves.

“When Jared (Payne) went through I thought I was looking good on the inside to go under the sticks.

“But thankfully when it when out to Trimble it found its way back to me.

“I love scoring tries and I have scored as many as I want to this year, the back three really don’t share them about it was good to get on the score sheet.”

Cave feels that with everyone fighting for their place it’s bringing out the best in the Ulster backline.

“The strength in depth in the backline at this stage is ridiculous.

“Mark has all sorts of options and anybody that he puts in there has done a good job for us and it has shown time and time again both in midfield and on the wings.

“From my point of view I just have to keep working hard and try and play as well as I can so I’m involved as much as possible,” added Cave

Cave was delighted with the response after the RDS.

“All in all it was a decent night for us the ship is back on track and there is plenty to work on, the bonus point win would have been a tough ask but to stop them getting a bonus point is important.”