RaboDirect Pro12: Ulster’s Court sends Ireland a timely reminder

RaboDirect Pro12: Ulster prop Tom Court lay claim to an Ireland spot for next year's Six Nations in a victory over Leinster

Prop Tom Court laid down a sizeable marker for a return to the Ireland side at the 2013 Six Nations with a man-of-the-match display in Ulster’s victory over Leinster on Friday.

Court and co have now won 11 from 11 in the league, and bounced back from last week’s first loss of the season to Northampton with a 27-19 win.

Court was part of a dominant Ulster front row which earned a penalty try from a scrum, while Nick Williams and Andrew Trimble scored their other tries.

Fergus McFadden went over late on for Leinster but Court, who was overlooked for Ireland’s autumn internationals, was delighted with the way his side had bounced back after last week’s setback.

He said: “I think psychologically it’s a massive boost for us. Last week we were all very disappointed with how we played.

“We got outplayed at home which was very disappointing so the boys were out to prove a point. Last time we played these guys was the Heineken final where they put a bit of a score on us.

“Other than playing for positions for the Irish team and things like that, it was a point to prove we can beat them. It’s been a while since we have so it was good for the boys to get one back up and show we are genuine contenders this year, we just need to be more consistent.

“We’ve been ticking away quite nicely all year, maybe not as well last week as we would have hoped but the scrum’s been our big strong point this year so we just wanted to keep it going and use it as a weapon.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

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