Rory Best: Ulster will take positives from display against Treviso
Ulster captain Rory Best refused to dwell on the second-half struggles of his side yesterday that almost allowed Treviso to come back from a 24-0 deficit and claim a famous win.
Three tries in the first half hour of the game had Ulster thinking of a bonus point win but the Italians came back to within four points and could have claimed the victory in the closing moments.
Best, however, was keen to accentuate the positives of what had been a promising early display.
"We were really good in that first-half," said the hooker.
"We did everything we talked about. We were accurate, we played at tempo, we were good at the breakdown and we took our chances well.
"We started the second-half really, really well but we probably just got a little bit loose.
"We went off on our own agenda at times to try and get that try instead of just doing what we did well in the first-half."
Best didn't think the chase for the bonus point affected the team but admitted that they were less clinical after the turn.
"We didn't feel under pressure to get the bonus point. We talked about it and said that if we stuck to our game it would happen.
"We probably tried to force it a little bit.
"We tried to do a little too much on our own and when they came back at us we let them in too easily.
"We were soft around the fringes and we let them pick and go."
With a daunting trip to face Toulon in their seemingly doomed Champions Cup campaign to come on Saturday, the second-half showing did not bode well but Best stated that the win was what was of paramount importance.
He concluded: "Ultimately we got the four points that we came here for.
"That's what we need to do.
"If we can keep picking up four points between now and the end of the league we'll be in a good place.
"There are a lot of positives, just a few negatives there at the end."