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Frustrated Ulster fans are losing patience with Neil Doak's men

By Ali Gordon

Ulster rugby fans have taken to social media to vent their frustration at the club's poor form this season in light of their 24-11 defeat to Leinster on Saturday.

Neil Doak's men have ground to make up after losing three of their last four PRO12 fixtures. Ulster are currently sitting in fifth position in the table but must improve upon this if they are to secure a top-four finish and reach the competition's play-offs.

With only five points separating the top five teams in the PRO12 table, it is still all to play for and Ulster will be disappointed not to have claimed at least a bonus point from their clash with Leinster at the RDS.

But many loyal fans are losing patience with an Ulster side whose PRO12 and European Cup chances seem to be slipping from their grasps.

Season ticket holder Stephen Clarke said online: "I think the men at the top need to have a long, hard look at themselves. We may have a new state of the art stadium but we've gone back four years on the pitch."

After claiming that Ulster Rugby had banned him from posting on their social media outlets, Mark Purse added: "With the current dross being served up on and off the pitch can UR (Ulster Rugby) afford to be alienating season ticket holders as well?"

A number of season ticket holders also emphasised points similar to Clarke's, with Stephen McIlroy blasting: "I am likewise a frustrated ST (season ticket) holder!!" before asserting that it is "time to invest in players, not just the stadium!"

Dean McAuley simply stated: "It's looking very much like yet another year with no silverware."

In a forum set up for Leinster fans, an Ulster supporter under the username 'Ulster man' also expressed his feelings for the Kingspan side.

He wrote: "We are showing absolutely no signs of anything that looks remotely like rugby and there is a genuine fear that we may actually be overtaken by Connacht in the league table sometime in the near future. So far, Doak does not look like the answer to our problems, but we shall continue to persist no doubt."

Many others voiced their concerns over the number of changes Ulster have faced since the departure of Director of Rugby David Humphreys to Gloucester and key players such as Johann Muller at the end of last season - but most notably their uncertainty over Ulster's future under Doak.

One such supporter was Sam McMenamy who commented: "We need to, at a minimum, finish top four for European qualification but coaching staff must change come the end of the season, it can't wait until the World Cup ends."

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