Anscombe eyeing the Tigers

Date published: January 11 2014


Ulster coach Mark Anscombe played down his side's inability to pick up five points against Montpellier as he set his sights on Leicester.

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe played down his side's inability to pick up a try bonus-point against Montpellier as he set his sights on Leicester Tigers.

Their 27-16 win over the French side on Friday saw tries scored by Robbie Diack, Ruan Pienaar and John Afoa, putting them seven points ahead of the Tigers who take on Treviso in Round Five.

“No matter what happened here it was always going to come down to Welford Road and nothing's changed,” Anscombe said afterwards.

“We're five from five and we're proud of that and no one else is. It wasn't ideal work but it's a win.

“We created a few chances but didn't quite do it as I said before the game if we got four points. If you have six fours you qualify and we're on track.

“At the end of the day a lot of people started expecting the bonus point but that wasn't showing enough respect for Montpellier.

“They came here to play some rugby and they did that and the more the game was unstructured it suited them and we didn't help our cause there.

“We had moments to put it to bed but we didn't quite do that and that's something to work on and improve and fix during the week.”

Ulster had looked to be heading to a bonus point when two tries came in quick succession in the first-half but they only led 17-13 at half-time before shrugging off the Top 14 side.

“They wanted to unsettle us and thought we didn't start too badly we didn't look after the ball and gave away a few penalties and our discipline turned us a bit,” Anscombe added.

“Lazy penalties will allow teams to put us in the corner and accumulate some points and they had a class goal-kicker.

“We know that next week they (the Tigers) will be more than happy to take these so we have to make sure our discipline is sharper and we play with confidence,” the coach said.

“I said to the guys after the game it's very easy to beat yourself up over a performance and not be totally but you've still got to remember you're playing quality sides.”