Doak eyes play-off spot

Date published: January 5 2015

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Ulster head coach Neil Doak has targeted improved showings on the road as being critical if his side is to secure a place in the PRO12 play-offs.

Losing to Leinster last Saturday saw Ulster drop out of the top four, with the result meaning it is now just one league win from six on the road.

However, Doak remains confident that with their Champions Cup hopes slim, they can focus on Guinness PRO12 action and make the knockouts.

“We need to look at our discipline away from home,” he told pro12rugby.com.

“It’s going to be tight in the top four. But if we take the opportunities that we create I’ve no doubt we can get into the top four.

“We have had 11 or 12 first team players not available to us for a vast majority of the season.

“A couple of yellow cards and a red on the road have cost us. We could still have won those games if we had taken our opportunities.

“A couple of referee and TMO decisions have unfortunately come back to haunt us and a couple of missed kicks at goals.

“In the last couple of weeks we could have won games had we not missed a few kicks at goal.

“Those are the small margins at the top end of professional sport, it is the way it goes sometimes.

“We also have to take our chances and that is the biggest frustration for me at the moment in not taking them.”

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