Mike McComish hopes good preparation transfers onto pitch

Ulster's Mike McComish
Ulster's Mike McComish

Ulster flanker Michael McComish is hoping for a smoother preparation in the run up to the Treviso match that the squad had last weekend.

The Irish Province just about kept their 100% record intact with a late penalty try against Zebre on Sunday but they had to endure a 14 hour journey.

“We didn’t play particularly well all across the board, it wasn’t made that easy for us in terms of the travel, that had a part to play in it but we are all professional and we’ll want to set that right this weekend,” said McComish

“You know what you are coming up against when you come over to the continent in terms of playing against the French and Italian teams, physicality is a massive part of their game so we weren’t surprised by Zebre.

“We have a short turn around but the facilities here are great and things have been going well, we are based in Parma so we are training at Parma Rugby ground which is a synthetic pitch, the ground has been hard to run on and we have had a nice dry ball and it has been easy enough to train.

“We have done a bit of video of the last few days, we looked at last week’s game and then did a bit of a preview on Treviso, with us all being in the hotel we have been able to get into certain groups to do a bit of extra work with the coaches in terms of other video work.

One place Ulster where founding wanting last week was restarts but McComish is hoping the work done this week will have readdressed the problem.

“We have done about 20 minutes work on them at the end of the last two sessions so hopefully we can get that covered up, that is the first time we have come up against those kicks and it was border line genius in terms of where they positioned them and we didn’t deal with them particularly well but with the work we have done over the last couple of days we should cope with them a lot better against Treviso.”

The openside flanker isn’t expecting any surprises from Treviso.

“Treviso will probably play a bit more football but they will have the physicality that the Italians teams play with and they will probably ask a few more questions and they will be very direct.”

With a huge month coming up form Ulster McComish feels the competition in the squad is driving everyone on.

“I think everybody knows what we are about and there is massive competition for places as long as everyone is doing their job well in the team we trust each other to keep this run going.”

“It is a squad game and with the run we have over the next few weeks you need your squad, we have the Scarlets, Northampton back to back and then we have a couple of Interpros so it’s going to be very attritional over the next five or six weeks but with the squad we have I think it is in good stead for such things.”