Skip to content
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies. You can change your settings or learn more here.
OK
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

'We were error-ridden, to tell you the truth' -- Les Kiss

Defensive lapses gave Ulster a mountain to climb at the RDS yesterday.
Jan 1st 2017, 7:57 AM 4,257 4

IT WAS A night when both coaches would have left the RDS unhappy, but Leo Cullen at least had a win to point to.

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss on the other hand…

“Where do I start? And where would I finish,” said the Australian when asked what went wrong for his side.

Leinster held their neighbours to the north scoreless for 77 minutes, ran in two first-half tries off first phase set-plays with barely a hand put on the strike-runner and touched down a third two minutes into the second half.

And yet, Ulster had chances to stay in touch. A combination of strong wind and a weak contact forced a Ruan Pienaar penalty wide, and only Tommy Bowe knows how he managed to fluff his lines when a Sean O’Brien error looked like gifting him a try.

“Hat’s off to them, at home they’re tough,” said Kiss, still digesting the defeat.

Les Kiss with Ruan Pienaar Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

“They were very clinical when their opportunities came. And we were error-ridden, to tell you the truth in that first half. And even in the second half when we had a fair bit of possession, when we did break them they scrambled well and we just weren’t clinical enough.”

Though the second half witnessed a greatly improved Ulster effort, the visitors still lacked a confidence and cutting edge in attack. Despite dominating territory and possession and Leinster losing Jack McGrath to the sin-bin, the hosts always looked like they would have enough jerseys to cover their base.

The damage from the first-half line-breaks was irreparable.

When they made a couple of breaks (first-half) they were clinical and we were a little bit soft and should have closed it off.

“Then a good kick-off, we get the break and Tommy drops the ball. Things just didn’t go our way, but we didn’t help ourselves. Without a doubt it was disappointing.

The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!

As it happened: Connacht v Munster, Guinness Pro12

O’Loughlin shines to beat Ulster, but Leinster leave bonus point behind

 

Send a tip to the author

Sean Farrell

COMMENTS (4)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a comment

     
    cancel reply
    Back to top