Ulster upbeat despite injury woes

Date published: December 30 2016

Ulster will have to cope with the unavailability of a string of injured players when they take on Leinster on New Year’s Eve.

Ireland trio Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson are expected to miss the clash at the RDS, but good news for director of rugby Les Kiss is that Andrew Trimble should be fit to play.

The winger is set to return after injuring his foot in Ireland’s Test against Australia earlier this year.

Ulster have won only once, in 2013, at Leinster since the turn of the century and have lost four PRO12 knockout games in South Dublin as well. Kiss acknowledged the challenge awaiting his team, but insisted his players were in a positive mindset leading up to the game.

“Look we will go out there and give it a shot,” the Irish Times quoted Kiss as saying.

“They are going to be loaded and, when you look through it, it is hard to find the space where you can pry them open or make them work harder. They have got some really supreme athletes, guys with massive experience in Europe and internationally and it all comes into a melting point that makes it look difficult (for us) that is for sure.

“They are a tough, tough proposition.”

Rob Herring will take over the captaincy from Best while Trimble, if he does play, will only be focussing on his own performance after his injury lay-off.

Trimble could form a back three with Tommy Bowe and Charles Piutau.

“We are going to try and win for sure, that is what we want to get out of it. Hopefully we have the mindset to go down there to deliver. We just have to make sure we are acutely aware of what we have in front of us,” Kiss said.