Ulster are up to tough task in final run-in says Andrew Trimble

Ulster's  Andrew Trimble
Ulster's Andrew Trimble

Ravenhill Stadium will be officially opened on Friday night but the focus will all be about Ulster getting the result they need to keep their hopes of making the RaboDirect PRO12 play-offs alive.

A game against inter-provincial rivals and the club which denied Ulster the PRO12 crown in last year’s final does not need any extra billing.

However, with Ulster sitting precariously in fourth place and Ospreys breathing down their necks with just two games in the regular league campaign noting less than a win against Leinster on Friday night will do.

Ireland winger, Andrew Trimble, admits that Ulster face a tough challenge ahead.

“If we want to to win the PRO12 we basically have two cup finals in the regular season and then another two in the play-offs,” he said.

Trimble who hit the 300 point mark with his first hat-trick of tries in the win earlier this month against Connacht at Ravenhill said the side were not making any excuses for the position they currently find themselves in.

““We deserve to be where we are because we did not turn up for a couple of games, Trimble told the News Letter.

“At Cardiff we did not turn physically or mentally. We were not at it.

“At Glasgow we allowed ourselves to get beat up a little and we were no where near as clincial as we should be.

“But we are not making excuses and we have two tough games to come in the league campaign against Leinster and then away to Munster.

“We know what we have to do and I know there is the character within the squad to get the job we need done,” added Trimble.

To be certain of a place in the top four, Ulster need to take five points from their two remaining games.

Even if Ospreys were to win their last two games with try scoring bonus point and finish level with Ulster in that scenario, the Irish Province would go through on having won more games during the regular season.