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Heartbreak for Ulster

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 21/05/2016

All over: Rory Best (left) and Craig Gilroy cut dejected figures after Ulster’s Pro12 semi-final loss to Leinster in Dublin
All over: Rory Best (left) and Craig Gilroy cut dejected figures after Ulster’s Pro12 semi-final loss to Leinster in Dublin

Ulster suffered more PRO12 end of season despair at the hands of Leinster in Dublin last night with Rory Best questioning his position as captain and Director of Rugby Les Kiss insisting the team must find a way to win the biggest of games.

Despite two tries from Craig Gilroy, Ulster were deservedly defeated 30-18 in a compelling semi-final at the RDS by a fired-up Leinster side, who will meet either Connacht or Glasgow in the decider on May 28 in Edinburgh.

Kiss said: "We've just got to find a way to take that next step further when it comes to these big ones.

"That's probably the main area I've got to make sure we all work together on. That's not to say there is a weakness there, but they have got to understand how to use that strength they have.

"I think there's a belief in them that they can step into the place we need to.

"The challenge is to put a framework around our preparation.

"I also believe that other parts of our game will continue to grow."

In an emotional television interview after the semi-final defeat, an emotional Best suggested it may have been his last for Ulster as skipper though there is no pressure from management for the Ireland captain to give up his leadership of the Kingspan outfit.

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