Monday 24 July 2017

Kiss wary of his charges becoming complacent

Ulster 37 Glasgow 17

Ulster's Jacob Stockdale goes over to score his side's third try. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Ulster's Jacob Stockdale goes over to score his side's third try. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Director of Rugby Les Kiss has warned he will be keeping a keen eye for any signs of complacency this week after his side banked a second consecutive five point haul on Saturday.

The province produced one of their more complete performances of the season against Glasgow over the weekend, running in five scores to back up the previous week's patchy return to winning ways against Edinburgh.

The win, and accompanying bonus point, saw the side leapfrog Saturday's visitors into fifth in the table, as well as keep pace with Scarlets who currently occupy the last of the play-off spots.

The province have a game in hand over Scarlets, who meet the Pro12's top two, Leinster and Munster in consecutive weekends, while Ulster preparing for three straight games against Italian opposition, the coming weeks could be make or break.

In their ten games combined in 2017, Treviso and Zebre have held opposition to under 40 points just twice.

Kiss stressed he will make sure that the mindset of the squad does not become over-confident.

Jacob Stockdale, left, and Tommy Bowe of Ulster celebrate after the match. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Jacob Stockdale, left, and Tommy Bowe of Ulster celebrate after the match. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

"There is a dual responsibility," he said of both players and staff.

"The players have to understand that if they take their eye off the ball, they've let themselves and their team-mates down and a lot of other people here.

"My job is to keep an eye out if someone is not in the head space that we need them, that's important."

ULSTER: L Ludik (J Stockdale 13); T Bowe, L Marshall, D Cave (P Marshall 40), C Gilroy; P Nelson (J Owens 67), R Pienaar; C Black (A Warwick 47) , J Andrew (R Herring 32), R Lutton (W Herbst 40); P Browne (K Treadwell 55), F van der Merwe; S Reidy, C Henry (R Diack 74), M Coetzee.

Ulster's Ruan Pienaar. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Ulster's Ruan Pienaar. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

GLASGOW: B Thomson; L Jones (R Hughes 25), M Bennett (R Vernon 53), N Grigg, S Lamont; P Horne, H Pyrgos (c); A Allan (J Bhatti 54), J Malcolm (C Flynn 54), S Puafisi (D Rae 54), B Alainu'uese, S Cummings, R Harley, S Favaro, A Ashe (L Wynne 54)

Ref - D Jones (WRU)

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