PRO12 RUGBY: Neil Doak’s brilliance hailed by winger Andrew Trimble

Ulster's Andrew Trimble
Ulster's Andrew Trimble

Andrew Trimble has lauded the creativity brought to the squad by head coach, Neil Doak, and believes the return of rugby director, Les Kiss, will be the gloss on the current backroom set-up.

Irish assistant coach, Kiss, took an interim role with Ulster when former director of rugby, David Humphreys departed and then signed a deal to keep him at Kingspan Stadium once the Rugby World Cup campaign ended for Ireland.

The Irish lost to Argentina in last Sunday’s quarter-final leaving Kiss free to take up the role he was confirmed to take just over a year ago.

It has not yet been confirmed when Kiss will return to officially take up the role, but it could be as early as next week ahead of Ulster’s Guinness PRP12 away game against Munster.

Kiss will head up the coaching team of Doak, Joe Barakat, Allen Clarke and Niall Malone and Trimble believes the Australian-born man will enhance things in the training paddock.

“Everyone loves Kiss, “ enthused Trimble, “the combination of him with Neil (Doak) Allen (Clarke) Joe (Barakat) and Niall Malone, is going to be brilliant.”

“We have had a taste of what Les is like with the short time he was here with Ulster and some of us in the international set-up know what he will bring and everyone is looking forward to that.”

Trimble singled out Doak for particular praise.

“I do not know many coaches out there who know or who are as creative as Doaky (Doak) is.

“The combination of that creativity and his game knowledge of patterns and the way he prepares you for the opposition and with Les cracking the whip I think the combination is going to be really effective.”

For now Ulster are focusing in on what will be the start of a straight run of 15 matches following the disjointed start of playing four games in seven weeks due to the Rugby World Cup.

On Friday night at Kingspan Stadium Cardiff Blues are the visitors and Ulster will look to put last week’s disappointing loss to unbeaten Edinburgh behind them.

“I think last week reflected the sort of disjointed period it has been,” said Trimble.

“We won our first game well, then lost on the road to Scarlets. Then we had another big win over Treviso, followed by that game in Edinburgh last weekend where we really under performed.

“I think when we have a good run of games it suits us better and this week will be the start of what will be a long run of matches.

“We can look to put a bit of consistency into things even with the internationals feeding back in from the World Cup at different times in the coming week.

“Those guys will bring a lot to the table, not just as players, but the culture within the squad.”

Trimble admitted the contrast between the performances at home and away was stark.

“Teams like Edinburgh and Scarlets up their game when you are arriving there.

“Everyone is very proud when we are playing at home but we do not want to become one of those French sides that cannot travel well.

“That is the danger of where we are at. That is where our inconsistency is.

“We have to look at ourselves and highlight one of two areas where we need to work on.

“We just need to be a lot more effective at the breakdown and efficient at game management, winning the lion’s share of the collisions.

“If we can do that - and I know we can - we will hopefully get back on track.”