Ulster captain Rory Best will send his players out at Ravenhill tonight for the Magners League clash against the Newport Gwent Dragons with one message ringing in their ears – listen to the referee.
Best has laid down the law in a bid to slash his side’s damagingly high penalty count which has cost them dearly in opening defeats to the Scarlets and Cardiff.
Best was furious that a late penalty conceded against Cardiff allowed the Blues to snatch victory only moments after Ulster had regained the lead at the Arms Park.
And the Ulster captain says his players have no excuses against the Dragons tonight (kick-off 7.30pm) as his side aims to break their Magners League duck.
“We have to listen to the referee,” said Best.
“For example, if you look at the last penalty last Friday night, some people in the media said it was harsh but at the end of the day, if the referee says ‘hands off’ whether you think it is a ruck or not – you get your hands off and you don’t give away that penalty.
“In terms of people going off their feet, I suppose it probably is a little bit more subjective but again each referee will be consistent across the board with what they are doing. Now they will differ from referee to referee but it is up to us as players to have a look to who the referee is and to realise what he will let you away with and adapt our game to that.”
Meanwhile Ulster coach Matt Williams has warned his players not to underestimate tonight’s opponents, who suffered a 50-point mauling at Munster last Sunday.
“They are a gritty side and are a much better team than their first three results have shown,” said Williams. “There are no easy games.”