Dan Tuohy expecting a different Treviso to emerge in return leg in Italy

Ulster lock Dan Tuohy

Ulster lock Dan Tuohy

  • by Ciaran Donaghy

Ulster’s task this week is to prepare and motivate themselves to face a Treviso side that was put to the sword at Ravenhill a week earlier.

Ireland lock Dan Tuohy knows the Italian side will want to restore some pride after their seven try mauling in Belfast when they failed to register a single point.

“It’s important for us to keep focused and before the game I wouldn’t have expected that result, I certainly don’t think it will be the same this weekend. I’ve been in some serious battles when I have played them there,” said Tuohy on the eve of his 100th cap.

“They sort have got a French element to them with their home pride and we are definitely expecting a different team to turn up, we have to prepare like we did last week for the best Treviso we can face and it’s important for us to lay down a marker in round four of the Heineken.”

Paddy Jackson got an early try last week and Tuohy want a similar start this time as well.

“From the kick off we nearly went over after 50 seconds then Cavey (Darren Cave) dropped one as well. I’ve been here when we started poorly against Bath you’re a couple of tries down and you’re chasing the game and that doesn’t set up a platform to score a bonus point win.

“An early try gives you plenty of time to get three more and we did that in style. I thought the boys were fantastic with some nice finishes, I think if we’re a top side we have to be going away to win, to do all that work in Montpellier and not back it up in Treviso would be a shame.”

The only negative from last Saturday was it took Ulster a while to get into their rhythm after half time.

“We got a penalty and went in at half time 22 up, we came out and we were stuck in our own half. We had a penalty and Paddy went for the million dollar kick to touch and missed it and it just snow balled, I think we were half a sleep which is just stupid.

“To be honest I think it was maybe the same old ‘foot off the gas’ mentality and you see it all the time in sport and you need to press that home.

“We got the fourth one and the flood gates opened and the boys ran in a few good tries. An 80 minute performance is what we need, it’s going to be a tough one, after Leicester beating Montpellier it makes the group a little interesting all building towards a possible showdown at Welford Road to decide the table topper.”

It will be Franco Smith’s last game in charge of Treviso and Tuohy expects a back lash.

“I think they will start the game like they did in the second half, they have come here before and thrown the ball about and come up short. Their success has come when they keep it direct so I believe that’s what they will come at us with and I’ll be surprised if they throw it about Barbarians style.

“It’s the last game for their coach so there are a few different factors. They’ll be direct and physical and trying to cause an upset, so for us it’s about being professional and looking after ourselves this week and get the 80 minutes done.”

Tuohy was pleased with his try last weekend after a nice one to with Cave.

“He said to me afterwards you gave it to me too early. I gave it to him and asked for it straight back, I thought he was going to finish it off. He got four assists last week he was one of the guys that played extremely well and he’s got the bit between his teeth over the last couple of weeks. He’d a point to prove he did it but it’s all about backing it up for him and everybody else.”




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