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Ulster just weren't smart enough against Bordeaux-Begles, says Les Kiss

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 17/10/2016

Touchdown: Andrew Trimble goes over for Ulster’s only try in Bordeaux
Touchdown: Andrew Trimble goes over for Ulster’s only try in Bordeaux

Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss blasted his side's lack of smartness after they blew a late lead against Bordeaux-Begles.

The province were ahead for a lengthy period thanks to Andrew Trimble's first-half try, but ultimately came away without even a losing bonus point after their hosts scored three quick-fire tries in the final eight minutes.

Kiss, for the second week in a row, bemoaned individual errors.

"They played a style of game and we played into their hands," he said.

"We let them gain energy with that and then when we had a chance to relieve ourselves or get to a point of recovery from those forays on our own line, with the bravery and courage the boys showed, we just came up with some poor execution and poor decisions," Kiss (right) said.

"It's absolutely, thoroughly, completely disappointing.

"We've now got to go back and lick our wounds and get the right solutions going forward in a number of ways."

Most frustratingly for Kiss, Ulster should have came away with a losing bonus point only for a late penalty to be taken quickly rather than aimed at the posts.

Having missed out on the quarter-finals by a point last season, Kiss hopes the lapse in concentration does not come back to haunt his men come January.

"Players make decisions and you back them," he said.

"In the context of competitions you've got to be smarter I guess. We've talked about what one point means and one win means in the context of our season and hopefully we're not going to rue that later.

"It just wasn't smart enough. After we hurt ourselves, we got the chance to get one point and we threw that away as well."

With Exeter visiting Kingspan on Saturday, having been beaten heavily by Clermont, Kiss says Ulster must produce a response.

"We have to stand up now and deliver the right approach," he said. "We need to get our recovery right, get home and do something more deserving of the guys."

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