Andrew Trimble scored the best try of the season today when Ulster beat Bath 28-10 at the The Rec in the final match of the European Rugby Cup pool stages. Ieuan Evans, the former Welsh and Bath winger and now TV pundit, described it as “sensational”. I agree.
It was a thrilling match in which Ulster needed to score four tries to get a bonus point, but in the end they managed only three. They were all good tries, but Andrew’s touchdown is bound to be shown again and again as an example of pace and determination. His form this season has been very impressive and he is bound to be in contention for a return to the Irish team for the Six Nations campaign.
Another former Ulster favourite, Tommy Bowe, also scored a good try as his team, the Ospreys, beat the Leicester Tigers. It would be great to see Andrew and Tommy on the wings when Ireland start the defence of the Six Nations championship.
Ulster now qualify for the knock-out stages of another European competition. Three European Cup teams who have finished as Pool runners-up qualify for the knock-out stages of the Amlin Challenge Cup. The trio who finish as the third, fourth and fifth ranked European Cup Pool runners-up, which includes Ulster, will contest the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals with the five Pool winners. So along with the Magners League, there is still quite a bit of rugby to look forward to this season. My wife was quite indifferent when I told her this good news.
Postscript: Woops! I got carried away in the euphoria of the win over Bath. It looks like Cardiff and Gloucester both secured bonus points to edge Ulster out of the Amlin Challenge Cup. What a shame!