Andrew Trimble is hoping an impressive try-scoring return for Ireland will be rewarded with another start against Wales in Dublin on Saturday.
The Ulster winger scored a vital try just before half-time to give Ireland a 11-3 lead going into the break against Scotland, before further tries from Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney went on to secure a 28-6 victory in the Six Nations opener in Dublin on Sunday.
Trimble – dubbed the renaissance man given his return once again to the Irish squad having missed out on last year’s championship and the November Test series – won his 51st cap in the deserved victory over the Scots.
The Coleraine man, who fully deserved his call-up to the starting XV after some impressive form with Ulster, is now hoping Irish coach, Joe Schmidt will keep faith with him for the visit of defending champions Wales on Saturday.
“A lot of the things I model my game on, just the small details like working hard and having consistency and things like leg drive, line speed, defence – all these things I value. And Joe values them, so I was approaching this season quite positively,” said Trimble.
“Whenever things don’t work out for Ireland I go back to Ulster and I love that as well,” he added with a smile, forever the pessimist and a reflection that he takes nothing for granted with Ireland.
Meanwhile, Schmidt admits Brian O’Driscoll’s ageless defensive exuberance remains a cornerstone of Ireland’s Six Nations power.
The former Ireland and British Lions captain’s tireless rearguard efforts left him topping the tackle charts for Ireland in yesterday’s comfortable dismantling of Scotland.