Black delighted with try on his 100th

Date published: February 13 2016

Ulster loosehead prop Callum Black spoke of his delight after scoring on his 100th appearance for the province against Glasgow on Friday.

The experienced front-row, who led out his team at Kingspan Stadium with his daughter, Orla, crossed the line in the 13-10 PRO12 victory.

And now he has the taste for scoring, Black joked that there is more to come.

"It was a nice little bonus as I hadn't scored in the previous 99 games. I was just happy to get the win and the try and hopefully I won't get any more stick as I'd been getting a bit over the last few weeks," he told Ulster's website.

"People are saying that I'm now going to have to wait another 100 games for my second try, but this could be the start of it now – I could have got my mojo back and I could be scoring every week from now on."

The 29-year-old is battling with Kyle McCall for the number one jersey at Ulster and he believes the competition is driving both players on.

"Kyle has done a great job. He hasn't much experience but he has been around the squad ever since I've been here for five odd years. He's a great guy and a very skilful player, with a huge work rate and some of the shifts he has put in for the side is great credit to him," he said.

"We're all a tight group. If he is playing I'll back him and I'm sure it's the same the other way and it's great to see young guys coming through. It's great to have that competition because it makes you improve your own game and you can't afford to get comfortable.

"With Les in charge, if you're not performing one week, then someone else will come in and take your jersey so you have to be on your money."

On the come-from-behind win over Glasgow on Friday, Black said the mental strength of the group played an important role in the result.

"We said in the changing room at the end that things aren't going our way but it shows the character of the side if we can win ugly at times. But obviously there is a lot to work on and try and nail a few things, we are missing out on a few bonus points here and there which could be vital but the win comes first," he added.

"It's all about momentum and we have this run of games at home and we have to put that to our advantage because we feel as a side and I'm sure the supporters think we should be beating everyone at home and we should be on that.

"This block of games leading up to the break is really where we have to get some distance between the other teams and get a solid place at the top of the table.

"We looked at the standing at the start of this block of games and saw where we are and with a run of six games the kind of points we're looking to get out of this and if we can achieve at the end of this block."

He concluded: "Every game is massive at the moment and we need to keep this winning run going. Scarlets are a very tough side and on their day they are one of the top sides in the league so we have to go up a notch or two from Glasgow and I think it will be a step up."