‘I will stick to my day job’ – Trimble

Date published: June 14 2016

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Wing Andrew Trimble did good as a makeshift loose forward for Ireland in their 26-20 historic win over South Africa at Newlands on Saturday.

The visitors were reduced to 14 players after flank CJ Stander saw red for a dangerous tackle on Bok fly-half Pat Lambie in the first-half.

And the Ulster back admits that his side are expecting and preparing to absorb and repel a Springbok backlash at Ellis Park this weekend.

“The Springboks will look back on their performance (at Newlands) and highlight a few areas to improve on and, if that’s the case, we can expect a massive backlash,” Trimble said.

In Allister Coetzee’s first match at the helm, the Boks surrendered their first loss against Ireland in South Africa and dropped into fourth place on the World Rugby rankings.

The ignominy of that result was compounded by the fact that Ireland played almost three quarters of the match with 14 men.

“It was pretty special. We knew we’d have to dig deep with 14 men and we’re very proud of ourselves,” he added.

“We enjoyed the celebrations because we knew how special it is and how much history we made, and now we’re back to training hard and putting everything in place to do the same thing again.”

A second consecutive loss against Ireland is unthinkable for Bok fans and even more so for Coetzee. The tourists anticipate an abrasive response from South Africa.

“There is a little bit of a fear factor with the Springboks,” the 31-year-old back said.

“If they put everything together and get their stuff right, physically, you can be in trouble, so we’ll have to raise our performance level this weekend.”

The series has literally gone up a level as Trimble prepares for a “lung-busting” effort on the Highveld.

“I’ve never played at altitude before – you have to look after your diet, sleep patterns and hydration – but I feel better having played 80 minutes last week. Hopefully we can just dig deep again and produce another big performance,” he added.

“I think I’ll stick to the day job for now. It was some experience, right enough, but I think I’d rather leave it there.”

Joe Schmidt’s attention to detail is well-known at this stage with Trimble revealing that the squad did prepare for the eventuality of being a man down in the forwards in the lead-up to the opening Test at Newlands.

“Believe it or not, we did actually look at the forward roles at one stage last week,” he said.

“I’m not sure if he [Schmidt] meant it seriously but even if he meant it as a little bit of a joke, there’s a little bit of seriousness there.

“There was one or two times on our scrums when I was torturing Jamie [Heaslip], trying to find out what I needed to do but it all pretty much fell into place at the end so happy enough.”

Trimble candidly added that, although he found the loose forward position to be educational, he will remain on the wing.

“I think I’ll stick to the day job for now. It was some experience, right enough, but I think I’d rather leave it there.”

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