Ulster’s Herring and Gilroy not looking too far ahead

Ulster'sCraig Gilroy  is tackled by Connacht's Tom McCartney
Ulster'sCraig Gilroy is tackled by Connacht's Tom McCartney

Ulster hooker Rob Herring was delighted to come out of the right side with the arm wrestle with Connacht at the Kingspan Stadium.

Herring earned the man of the match accolade with accurate throwing in spite of the inclement conditions and a strong performance at the scrum.

“We saw the weather coming in and knew it was going to be a tough game and that the set piece would be important, the boys in the scrum did it really well and Franco and Tuohy calling the lineouts made it easy for me throwing in,” said Herring.

“It was good to be scrumming with Wiehahn again and obviously he’s as solid as a rock and Deccie came on and did a good job as well.”

Ulster scored and conceded a try off driving mauls and Herring feels they are impossible to stop

“I guess once it gets going it’s really hard to stop a maul and we just need to halt their momentum at source, they got around us at one stage and reset and that’s something we’ll take a look at this week as to how we can be better.”

Herring won his first Ireland cap at flanker during the summer tour of Argentina and though he was going to be deployed in the back row against when Roger Wilson went off injured and replacement hooker John Andrew had to come on.

“I was half expecting to be put on the flank there but I stuck it out at hooker and was happy with that.”

“It was the last stage of the game and I was pretty tired so I was happy not to have to go on the flank and chase balls around.”

Ireland winger Craig Gilroy got Ulster’s only try of the game and he felt the score didn’t reflect Neil Doak’s side’s dominance in the game.

“There were a few standard spins (for try), it was a nice play and the forwards got it going and I got the inside ball and I was glad to get over,” said Gilroy.

“Conditions weren’t great but I thought we did well and I don’t think the scoreline was a fair assessment of the game.,”

“I thought there were times we looked really dominant. From a back’s point of view and in the backfield where I thought we hadn’t done so well in the last couple of games I thought we covered well, it was a good win.”

Gilroy won his sixth Irish cap against Georgia in the autumn tour and with a big January coming up both domestically and in Europe he is hoping to catch Joe Schmidt’s eye.

“The Six Nations is just round the corner and it’s a good chance to put your hand up for selection but we’re with Ulster now and that’s where we need to get the work done.”

“It was good to get the win and it should give us a bit of a confidence boost for going down to Dublin and I actually really enjoy playing at the RDS so I think everyone’s looking forward to it.”

Ulster’s only injury concern is to number eight Roger Wilson who was forced off with a stinger to his right shoulder.