‘We were our own worst enemies’ – Kiss

Date published: October 8 2016

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss feels his side have themselves to blame after they suffered a 30-25 loss to Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday.

Connacht were in control of proceedings from the outset and raced into a 19-3 lead inside the opening 30 minutes and although Ulster did well to fight back and claim a losing bonus point, they couldn't prevent their first defeat of the season.

Kiss said his team made too many individual errors.

"We were pretty frank in the dressing room and that was mostly led by the guys," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"We were disappointed with what we delivered. It wasn't all bad but it wasn't enough to win, that's for sure. We made three or four errors in the opposition '22' in the first 10 minutes.

"We were our own worst enemies. I think we hurt ourselves. Give them credit but there's a lot of things we did wrong. That was us and that's not to take anything from them."

Although Ulster fought back well and managed to draw level in the second half, Kiss wasn't happy with their overall performance.

"We know what we're capable of but it's no use doing it for 10 or 15 minutes," he added.

"We had the ascendancy at that stage. Got a penalty and Paddy (Jackson) doesn’t make the kick (to the corner). Three minutes later, it’s a try and that’s a turning point.

"We’re in collective agreement that we were below the line for certain periods. It’s probably something to reflect on after we look at the video. Whether it was a missed tackle, a sloppy penalty, a dropped ball… those things they matter, especially when you put a lot together and we put a lot together."