WILL ADDISON WAS pleased to win his first man-of-the-match award for Ulster on Friday night in Llanelli, but he didn’t quite agree with the decision.
The 26-year-old was a key cog in Ulster’s superb bonus-point win over Scarlets, a result that brings them firmly into contention for a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final.
Addison scored a try, set up another and generally made a telling impact with his involvements in attack and defence for Dan McFarland’s side.
Addison was a try-scorer in Llanelli. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
But speaking afterwards, the selfless outside centre highlighted several other candidates for the individual honour.
“It means a lot but I wasn’t backing myself to get it,” said Addison at Parc y Scarlets. “Henry Speight had probably his best game in an Ulster shirt. He was great and we’re really excited to see what he can do in the few weeks he has left [before leaving].
“He’s been a great addition, so I was delighted for him to get the try, he was brilliant out there. And you look at Louis Ludik, coming back from injury, who was great. Louis has been a really good stabiliser for us at the back.
“The list goes on. Eric O’Sullivan putting in 80 minutes at loosehead prop, you feel a bit guilty stealing the man of the match from someone like that.”
Addison might laud the impression Speight has made with Ulster since signing, but it is the former Sale Sharks club captain who looks like the best capture of all.
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Having joined Ulster over the summer, Addison has found his feet rapidly and will be a vital figure again as McFarland’s men look to back up their exploits in Wales with victory in this weekend’s return leg against Scarlets at Kingspan Stadium.
“There’s a bit of elation there for sure but the great thing is we’re looking to next week already,” said Addison on Friday night.
Addison spoke post-match at Parc y Scarlets. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO
“It’s a good sign of progress that we’re not celebrating the win too much. It’s one of our best wins to date but the eyes are firmly on making sure we don’t slip up next week at home because it’s a massive thing for us backing it up.
“We’re an ambitious group and the knock-out stages are something that we’ve targeted. To come away from one of the tougher places in Europe with a bonus point is a real credit to the group and a real credit to the guys we left behind in Belfast as well.