Kiss thrilled by brilliant Ulster performance

Date published: December 10 2016

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss was delighted with his team’s performance after they held off a fightback from Clermont to win on Saturday.

The hosts scored five tries, with Luke Marshall grabbing two, in a thrill-a-minute contest between the two teams as Ulster finished on top 39-32.

“I think from a performance perspective it was brilliant,” said Kiss.

“There were a lot of good things in terms of the outcome but parts of the process were a little bit disappointing as we let (Wesley) Fofana have too much room in that first half.

“That kind of momentum which let them stay in the game was disappointing but I thought in the second half we addressed that and came out and really turned up in that area.

“It was pleasing to say the least that the boys were prepared to back themselves and I think that told in the end.”

Despite racing out to a 39-18 lead Ulster were on the rack in the closing stages once Clermont began to close in.

In the end les Jaunards were forced to settle for two bonus points after four tries and finishing within seven points, setting up next weekend’s re-match nicely.

“The last 15 or 20 minutes I wouldn’t have agreed with all Wayne Barnes’ penalty decisions but that’s what it was and we weren’t just good enough to stem that enough,” he added.

“That’s why we’re a little bit disappointed as the two points keeps them in control of the pool and we know we’re going over to a cauldron (next week).

“But we must step up to that challenge and build on the some of the really good things that we produced.

“Overall some positives came out of this and particularly our back row as they made them scrap for everything and kept the momentum in our game.”