DRobbie Diack wants PRO12 winners’ medal

Robbie Diack made his 150th apperance for Ulster against Munster
Robbie Diack made his 150th apperance for Ulster against Munster

Robbie Diack reached a personal milestone for Ulster by winning his 150th cap when he came on as a replacement for Roger Wilson after 30 minutes in the draw with Munster on Saturday.

While he is happy to achieve the personal accolade he wants to end the season with a PRO12 winners medal.

“I obviously would have enjoyed to play 150th and get a win,” said Diack.

“I said to Jacko (Paddy Jackson) in the changing room thanks for helping not to lose it with a crucial kick at the end.

“But just to be part of this team and play so many games for this club and to be part of Ulster for so many years is an honour and privilege for me.

“I hope this is the year that we pick up some silverware. We desperately need it and we have spoken about it for the last few years,” said Diack.

“We have to go to Glasgow and win now and even though this is an important day for me I just want it to be an important season for Ulster Rugby and get some silverware, we have put the hard yards in.”

Diack felt the Ulster bench helped steady a creaking scrum against Munster.

“I heard a couple of people complaining about BJ (Botha). He is a quality scrummager and when he came off the bench I think a couple of the guys legs were tired.

“But when Warwick and Bronson came off the bench it gave a bit of stability and I think near the end of the game the scrum was improving.

“When you have a quality pack like Munster and a quality front row like they have I thought we didn’t do too bad and we can take it into Glasgow.”

Ulster scored one try in the first half but could have had three more and Diack believes it’s a matter of time before the chance are put away.

“It’s frustrating but I think we can learn from it. One of these days all those chances are going to go to hand and we are going to come away with a fantastic victory.

“It will mean a lot to us, could be a crucial one next week or the following week and if we just keep working hard and recognising our mistakes and try to fix them they will go to hand and we’ll reap the benefits.”

Diack feels that even if Ulster have to travel away in the last four the incentive of returning to the Kingspan for the final will inspire them.

“With the squad and leadership we have we can go away and win a semi-final no matter where it is.

“There is a motivation in the team and a hunger to go away and win.

“We all know where the final is being played and that is a massive incentive for us. When you here the atmosphere here today it will be a difficult place to come and beat Ulster.”