Saturday 24 August 2019

Ulster need kiss of life for Leinster clash

Les Kiss
Les Kiss

Ulster head coach Les Kiss has admitted that his side must improve drastically against Leinster this Friday following a humiliating home defeat in his first taste of European club rugby at the hands of Saracens.

"The disappointment was palpable," said Kiss. "That was very obvious when we reconvened on Monday.

"I spoke to a few of the players during the weekend as well and you could tell their feelings were genuine. They felt that they hadn't delivered for the 80 minutes.

"From a coaching group, we were equally disappointed. It wasn't always about the result, but to shift two softish tries at the end that really gave them the four tries.

"It was probably when we were ahead 9-0 we were doing things pretty good, but pretty good is not going to stack up going forward at this level.

"And when you are playing the big guns you need to be better than pretty good. So we have to accept we have to challenge ourselves to get where we need to be.

"It will be a process and we will have to make little steps all the way along in this competition. We are now in the Pro12 where we have earn our way and there is no bigger game than Leinster.

"It is a massive game. Is it defining in relation to the season? I don't think so. However, it is an inter-pro and we have talked about what it means to go to Dublin and try and get a win.

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"History doesn't speak nicely in terms of what has been achieved recent years down there from an Ulster perspective, so we have to be very committed to get what we want out of it.

"Without a doubt there are possibilities for us to win and we will just have to get out there and deliver what we have planned."

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