Dan Tuohy desperate for Ulster to finish season with silverware

Ulster forward Dan Tuohy
Ulster forward Dan Tuohy

Ireland lock Dan Tuohy wants Ulster to finish the season as winners rather than bridemaids as has been the case for the last two.

The current squad has been together four years and while they have taken the club to new heights they have always come up short in the final showdowns.

In 2012 Ulster lost to Leinster in the final of the Heineken Cup and almost a year ago they again lost to their Irish rivals in the RaboDirect PRO12 final.

“This squad has been together for four years and has made great progress,” said Tuohy, who will captain Ulster for the first time from the start of a competitive game when they play Munster at Thomond Park in the final game of the regular PRO12 season.

“But there remains that feeling that to really show where we have come to there needs to be a trophy.”

Saturday’s game is a dead rubber in respect of the outcome the result will have for Ulster as they can only finish fourth in the standings.

That will mean an away semi-final, probably to Leinster, next weekend and ULster are already looking to that based on their selection for the Munster game this evening.

“It does not matter who is involved this weekend, everyone involved will be going out to put in a performance in a big Irish derby.” said Tuohy.

“Knowing we are in the semi-finals is good and takes the pressure off. That could work in our favour as Munster will be going all out to win the game as they can still better their position in the league.

“Everyone involved will be looking to make their case for selection next week.

“For me personally I want to show Mark (Anscombe) that I can do a job.

“I am just coming back from another injury so I am looking to go well.”

Ulster will see a number of players depart at the end of the current season.

Captain Johann Muller, World Cup winning Kiwi prop, John Afoa, Ireland prop, Tom Court will be among several players not at Ravenhill next season.

“It would be a shame for this cycle of players not to leave without having won something,” said Tuohy.

“It could be a long time again before you have that quality of player again.

“You have two World Cup winners in there amongst the leavers and to win something this year would be a great send off for Johann given he is finishing off his career.”