Best demands improvement from Ulster

Date published: December 22 2014

Ulster skipper Rory Best has demanded that his team-mates bounce back from defeat to the Ospreys and prove they are contenders for the Pro12 title.

Tommy Bowe and Rob Herring scored tries for Ulster, who have now slipped out of the top four on the table.

With matches against Connacht and Leinster – who have moved above them in the standings – on the horizon, Best believes Ulster can return to the victory trail.

“It’s still very tight at the top so we are very disappointed to come away from this game with nothing and give them five points,” he told the Irish Times.

“Now it’s massively important that we have a big response next week against Connacht.

“We’ve got a big couple of weeks coming up. We want to stay in that top four but that means playing a lot better than we have over the last couple of games.

“We are hugely disappointed but we haven’t lost any confidence in what we’re doing. We just have to do the basics far better.

“We didn’t look after the ball well and our tackling let us down. We got into good shapes but we were soft at the gain line.

“We either missed or just soaked up the Ospreys and didn’t knock them down.”