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Ireland hero Ward blasts Ulster understudies as 'totally inept'

Irish rugby legend Tony Ward today adds further salt to Ulster's wounds following Saturday's Pro12 defeat by Leinster in Dublin.

Ward's critical observations of the province's performance and squad strength follow former Ulster star Stephen Ferris's damning indictment of the side which lost at the RDS.

Ferris was scathing in his TV assessment of the 22-7 loss, saying Ulster lacked heart and passion. "We need to wake up," he said.

In his Belfast Telegraph column today, Ward labels the Ulster backline on Saturday as "hugely inept".

Commenting on an "error strewn" performance, he writes: "It is difficult not to feel for Ulster when short Rory Best, Iain Henderson, Paddy Jackson and Jared Payne. They simply do not have the same quality of replacement, save for the three quarter line and full back, to make up any loss."

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