Wednesday 18 October 2017

Best looks to pile pressure on 'struggling' Leinster with rare victory in Dublin

Rory Best: We’re lacking consistency
Rory Best: We’re lacking consistency
David Kelly

David Kelly

ULSTER captain Rory Best has issued a rallying call to his side's experienced stars as they seek to pile the pressure on their Pro12 play-off rivals Leinster at the RDS tomorrow.

Despite being decimated by injuries, Ulster have managed to cast aside their European disappointment to cling on to fourth place in the league and a rare victory in Dublin could see them stretch their lead over Leinster to seven points.

"I feel we need a lot more from our established players," declares Best, who will return to the side announced today alongside Ireland colleague Tommy Bowe. "You certainly cannot fault the guys who have come in and played more games than they had expected. They have let nobody down.

"The RDS is a difficult place to go and win. It takes a big 80-minute effort, everyone knows that. At the same time, they may be struggling a little bit. They'll be back at home and they will be under a bit of pressure to win as well.

"At the minute we are three points ahead of Leinster, and if we win then that could become seven, and even at this stage of the season that is significant. So the pressure is on them.

"We are a bit patchy at the minute and having to change personnel every week due to injury. But we are getting there. All we have to do is to push to maintain our accuracy in everything we do.

"At present we are lacking a bit of consistency. We are either starting games well, then going to sleep, before finishing strongly or else not starting well.

"Look, when top teams play, they keep everything tight and when they are good they are brilliant, and when they are not good, they are still decent enough.

"We are just moving from really good to poor throughout every game. So we really have to look for more consistency and not mentally wander during a game. We need to eradicate that."

Irish Independent

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