Andrew Trimble will make sure that JP Pietersen knows exactly who he is by the end of Ireland’s encounter with the Springboks on Saturday. The Springbok attacker said at a press conference that the only members of Ireland’s back line he could name were Ulster duo Tommy Bowe and David Skrela.
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Pietersen was actually referring to Ulster winger Andrew Trimble and not the French centre who plies his trade with Clermont Auvergne.
Trimble was slightly bemused by Pietersen’s mix up but passed it off as confusion on the part of the Sharks’ star.
“David Skrela? That’s an unusual one! You want to get as much respect out of opposition teams as possible and the only way you do that is if you beat them. I’ll have to make sure he knows my name by the end of the match!
If Trimble is given the nod to face the Springboks at the Aviva, Pietersen’s confusion will not be uppermost in his mind as he runs out on the pitch.
“It’s not something I’d use for motivation, I’m not going to suddenly think ‘he doesn’t know my name, I’ll make him pay. It was probably only a mistake. I’m guessing we watch a lot more of the Rugby Championship than they do the Six Nations.”
The Ulster winger is hopeful that Ireland can overcome an injury crisis and huge inconsistency in tests to defeat the Boks on Saturday evening and ensure that no South African player will depart Dublin in any doubt over the identity of the Irish players.
“I don’t know if we are the team that performed in the second Test or the team that performed in the third Test, but we’ve shown that we’re capable of producing either performance.
“We were very close to beating the All Blacks in the second test. It would be weak minded if we looked back and said we’re just not that good. Looking at it logically, we’ve produced big performances over the last few years and we know that if we do that we’ll get big results.”