Kieran Treadwell eager to kick on following Ulster milestone

It was a double celebration for lock Kieran Treadwell last Friday at Scotstoun as the three-times capped Irish second row made his 100th appearance for Ulster, with a victory over Glasgow ensuring they remain in the hunt for a place in the Pro14 final.

Treadwell arrived at Kingspan Stadium from Harlequins making his Ulster debut against Benetton in September 2016 and was happy to bring up the century of caps in such a sort space of time.

“It’s a tough place to go (Scotstoun) and to hit 100 is a bit of milestone and it’s not something I look at now, it’ll take a few years and I’ll look back and it was nice to have a beer with the boys after,” said Treadwell.

“I suppose it has come around quite quick but I’ve always wanted to stay here and enjoy Ulster, and enjoy the way we play and enjoy the boys around us; it’s a great place to be and I don’t see myself leaving at all.

Ulster Rugby's Kieran Treadwell.

“I got presented with it (100th cap) in the changing room, Al (O’Connor) said a few words to me and it was nice, it was good and I couldn’t ask for a better environment to be fair.”

Ulster face the Ospreys at home on Friday night (kick-off 8pm) and realistically will need a bonus point win to keep the pressure on Leinster at the top of Conference A, but Treadwell just wants to make sure they get the win before chasing five points.

“I think it’s all based on the fundamentals and basics.

“We’ve got to win games and that’s the bottom line so if bonus points come after that then they do but the bottom line is that we have to win.”

“The Ospreys have changed their game slightly and the do play a bit more expansively.

“Obviously we know they like to play and they’ve got some dangerous players and dangerous runners so we are going to have to be on top of our game.”

Jacob Stockdale returns to the starting line up while Sean Reidy and Robert Baloucoune make the replacements bench.

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