Nick Timoney eyes silverware boost for Ulster with win over Munster

A picture of Ulster's Nick Timoney in action against Leinster
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The Irish Shield may not have been high up on the list of priorities for Ulster at the start of the season, but for Nick Timoney securing it would be a step forward for the province. A win over Munster at Thomond Park this evening would see Ulster claim the shield as the Irish province with the best head-to-head record over the URC campaign.

It would also help secure their place in next season's Champions Cup. And while that may be more important in the grand scheme of things, Timoney feels securing silverware would give everyone a boost.

"We haven't even talked about the Irish Shield, not that it really counts as a trophy but it's the closest we've over the last 18 years is it," he said. "It's not something we can turn our noses up at. Any chance of any silverware is important. If we can dip our toe back into being successful it is huge."

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Timoney knows it will be a tough test against the URC leaders, who have carried on where they left off after winning last year's championship. The backrower said Ulster can follow the example set by Graham Rowntree's men as they head to the play-offs after this final regular season game.

"There's a chance we're probably not being given much of a sniff [for the championship]," said Timoney." As Munster showed last year you can go away from home three games in a row and win, it's not impossible and they were probably in a similar position to what we are now. It's a clean slate once you get into a knockout game."

Victory over Leinster last time out made it four wins on the bounce for Ulster, but Timoney knows they will be put to the test in Limerick. "It's definitely going to be the biggest test with it being a tough place to go, they've been on a great run of form over this last year really," he said. "Last week was probably the best we've been in a while, hopefully we're peaking at the right time and getting some things right."

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