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Victorious Ulster miss out on bonus

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss watched his team record a fourth win in a row with a 19-7 victory over Treviso last night but admitted he still felt his side had left something behind.

A horribly wet night at Kingspan Stadium ended on a damp note as the hosts couldn't get the last try that would have brought a fourth consecutive bonus point win.

In a welcome sight for not only Ulster but Ireland, the fit-again Jared Payne scored on his return to the starting side while Sean Reidy and Charles Piutau also crossed.

The fourth try of the game, though, went to Treviso's Filo Paulo.

They are now just one point behind Scarlets and the top four though, with the west Wales outfit facing Leinster tonight.

Despite that, Kiss admitted it had been an evening heavily tinged with frustration.

"I started with a speech at the end of the game that we can do better," he said.

"We have to be real and we did leave it out there.

"It's not about excuses, it is about stepping up a little bit and we're disappointed we didn't get the bonus point."

Having actually adapted well to what were horrendous conditions, Ulster's pack and half-backs set a good platform throughout but the side continually fell at the final hurdle as they looked to power their way over.

Kiss was especially agitated to see promising positions from the line-out go begging through inaccuracy.

"It's always the plan to win the game first, then the conditions come in, but by our own admission we had a few opportunities to get that bonus point up," he said.

"The set-piece didn't fire. Our scrum was strong but we didn't get the leverage from it that we would have liked in those circumstances and the line-out didn't hurt them.

"I think 10 times in the lineout to a drive, we just didn't get the traction that we should have which would have possibly got us that bonus.

"In the second half we had another chance and dropped the ball. There were some disappointing things.

"When the conditions come in like that, we knew we would have to accept some errors, some dropped ball and both teams were very guilty of it."

Meanwhile, Ulster will wait this weekend for injury news on Wiehahn Herbst and Sean Reidy who both departed with knocks last night.

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