Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Ulster must be more solid to Boss league

Ulster scrum half Isaac Boss

Ulster went to the top of the Magners League for the first time in four years with a deserved victory over Leinster at Ravenhill.MAN-of-the-match Isaac Boss refused to get carried away despite Ulster going top of the table after their Magners League victory over Leinster.

Underlining the standards Ulster now demand of themselves, the scrum-half, whose performance will have done his Irish prospects no harm, said after the 16-14 success: “We’re disappointed with the two scores we conceded at the end of either half. You look back and you think that if they’d got one of those kicks that could have been crucial.”

His reference to Shaun Berne’s three first-half penalty misses was followed by an acknowledgement the conditions played in his own try.

Conceding they had not been ideal for a out-of-nowhere homeward run from half-way he said: “If I’d been caught by one of the forwards I’d have looked pretty stupid.”

Boss added that Ulster have to work on their consistency.

“We can’t go on from week to week just losing and then getting ourselves back up. Consistency is our priority.”

Stand-in captain Chris Henry — deputising for Paddy Wallace, who in turn has taken over in the absence of Rory Best — was realistic, too.

“In the first half Leinster didn’t take their opportunities with the kicks and there’s no doubt that was a factor. But I think we were very patient,” said Henry.

“We kept the ball well and in the second half we played the territory game probably a bit better.

“Our set-pieces were a lot better than last week and I think all of those factors contributed to our win.”

Henry, after his biggest game in the captain’s role paid tribute to the Ravenhill crowd who had to endure the gale-force and wet conditions.

“The full house was incredible. It just showed what the Ulster support is made of. It just lifts the team. It’s nice to get the momentum going again.”

Backs coach Neil Doak said: “We had control in the second half so we’re disappointed that they got in for that score right at the end. But if you’d offered us 16-14 before the game started, in those conditions, we’d have taken that.”

Leinster coach Michael Chieka was gracious in defeat:

“Ulster are on top of the League and they’re going well. They’re always hard.

“The first year I got here they won the League. They’ve lots of talented players, it’s a hard place to come and they always give us trouble,” he said.

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