Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin last night blasted his side’s indiscipline which looks to have cost them a shot at a top four finish in the Magners League.
McLaughlin’s men tasted frustration as they drew 22-22 with Newport Gwent Dragons and the coach was fuming after watching a 17-6 first-half lead go up in smoke.
“We were 17-6 up five or six minutes before half-time and they came back, got two penalties,” said McLaughlin.
“Then we gave away another stupid penalty, just after half-time, which they kicked down into our 22 from where they got over from a maul. It was very, very disappointing. We’re a far better side than that.
“I think we’re learning harsh lessons, but there comes a stage when you’ve got to say ‘Hold on, when are we going to stop learning and start doing something about it?’
“Tonight we made a lot of errors and our discipline was very poor.”
Despite a 17-6 advantage — and facing 14 men after Dragons’ centre Rhondri Gomer-Davies had been sin-binned — Ulster crumbled. Two penalties and a converted try in the space of 12 minutes saw them trail 19-17 while Rory Best was sent to the sin-bin.
Although they edged ahead again through a magnificent Simon Danielli try, a drop goal by man of the match Jason Tovey, tied the scores. Elsewhere, Munster beat Edinburgh 19-12 and Glasgow lost to Cardiff 7-30.