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'It's not as hard as it looks' declares try-machine Dan Tuohy

You’ve been warned Australia and New Zealand!

Dan Tuohy celebrates his second try with Andrew Trimble.
Dan Tuohy celebrates his second try with Andrew Trimble.
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IRELAND MAY WELL have a no-so-secret tryscoring weapon for the November Series.

Dan Tuohy showed up on the left wing twice to score tries in Ulster’s 39 — 21 win over Cardiff Blues. The lock remarked post-match that he would be offering his mentoring services to teammates Stuart Olding and Jared Payne.

“I gave Stu a few tips at the start of the week,” he told ”I started my career at fullback and on the wing. I was telling him and Jared how to rotate between the three [positions]. I just proved today, it’s not as hard as it looks; it’s pretty easy out there.”

“A couple of them were team tries really,” he added. “It could have been anyone on the end of it.” Here are Tuohy’s two scores:

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Tuohy, who was named in the 34-man Ireland squad for the November Series, was pleased with how Ulster’s “fundamentals” of lineout and scrum worked against Blues. The lock started all three Tests against New Zealand last summer but then-Ireland coach Declan Kidney did not select him for the 2012 November Series or this year’s Six Nations. He played, under Les Kiss, against the US and Canada in June.

“It was nice to have a pre-season without any injury. I think that tells. I had a week off [for the Connacht game] and I think that helped. I’ve not been flogged and have been managed well. That allows me to perform for 80 minutes on the pitch.”

– Additional reporting by Megan Joyce

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