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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Trimble: Hurt will drive us

ANDREW Trimble has vowed to use Ireland's Twickenham horror show as motivation for the rest of the season.

With a massive few weeks ahead for the Ulsterman in the Heineken Cup and RaboDirect Pro12, and the summer tour of New Zealand on the horizon, Trimble plans to use the hurt from last Saturday's capitulation to drive him on.

"It is defined by how poor we were (against England)," said Trimble.

"Two wins and a draw I don't think is good enough for us, we are a lot better than that.

"We underachieved, we let our heads drop a little bit against England and that game will affect the judgment of the tournament.

"Bits and pieces could have gone our way that didn't, but you have just got to deal with it and get on with it.

Hurting

"There will be a few tough weeks ahead, we're hurting from an Ireland point of view so it's going to be very difficult for the next while but we have to use that hurt in the right way."

Trimble revealed that stand-in captain Rory Best delivered some home truths after the game but didn't divulge details.

"Rory is a leader and he is very honest and what he said was significant. Everybody took it on the chin," he added.

"I think that hurt might help us when we get back together for the tour."

For Trimble, the focus now switches to his provincial campaign with Ulster and the Heineken cup quarter-final tie against Munster on April 8.

"For me, that's the next big game I have to look forward to. I'll get away and deal with the disappointment and then slot back in at Ulster," he said.

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