‘Leinster will be a tough task’ – Kiss

Date published: May 8 2016

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss has said his side will face a 'tough task' when they travel to play Leinster in the PRO12 play-off match on May 20.

Kiss was speaking in the aftermath of Ulster's 46-26 victory over Ospreys at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Reflecting on the entertaining win, which saw Ulster claim six tries to Ospreys' four to set up a showdown at the RDS.

"I was happy that the boys kept playing and backing themselves," Kiss told the official Ulster website. 

"We knew that Ospreys would play some good rugby with such great conditions and a (pristine) pitch like that.

"Our ability to bounce back from falling behind early on, the try just before half time and some smart decisions around the breakdown were all critical for us.

"To stretch the scoreline and get that number of tries was very pleasing."

Turning his attention to the semi-final clash against top of the table Leinster Kiss has his sights set on improving from last week's performance.

When asked if four consecutive wins had given his side the necessary momentum to go to the RDS and win, Kiss poured cold water on that notion

"It's mission accomplished in that we're through to the play-offs, but we will need to be much better against Leinster because that will be a tough task," he said.

"You could say that but momentum is a strange thing – it can stop like that. We've got to make sure we do the right things on a daily basis to make sure we get our preparation right and and mindset right, and to build the right tactics to take into this game. That's what will maintain the momentum."

"If we don't go there and deliver an even better performance (than the one against Ospreys) we'll be very disappointed," claimed Kiss.

The Ulstermen defeated Leinster at Kingspan Stadium last weekend, but Kiss maintains it will be an altogether more difficult tie away from home.

"They'll be smarting from that loss. They had a few players that hadn't played a lot of rugby and they weren't attacking as well as we know they can. I don't expect the same in terms of how they will play, they will be a totally different beast.

"I've got a lot of respect for the coaching team and the players that they have. They have earned top spot based on their performances and results over a long season. We've got to be armed for what they are going to deliver in front of their own fans and with so much at stake."