Best: Ulster tweaks ‘bearing fruit’

Date published: December 21 2015

Ulster captain Rory Best believes some subtle changes and subsequent patience are putting the province on the right track after winning away to Toulouse.

The PRO12 side backed up their impressive 38-0 thrashing of the four-time champions in Round 3 by winning away at the Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday.

Ulster showed plenty of character to cling on for a 25-23 win after Toulouse fought back, pleasing their skipper who singled out Ulster half-backs Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson for praise.

"We were very rusty against Saracens when boys were coming back from the Rugby World Cup with our new coach coming in. Wholesale changes haven't been made, but we are making little tweaks and they are starting to bare fruit," Best told the EPC Rugby website.

"We knew it was going to be a very tough place to come and win and that proved to be the case. But the way the boys fought back against their momentum with our defence and our willingness to get back into the line was great, I can't ask for more as a captain.

"We're not the biggest team, we don't have players who weigh 130 kilos, but what we do have is a lot of heart, a lot of fitness and a very good skill level in the forwards with some exciting backs.

"The best thing for us is to utilise that by playing at a high tempo, and when we get front-foot ball, Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson can really pull the strings."