Ulster captain Chris Henry led from the front on Saturday night, scoring the last try of the night and then emerging first from the dressing room to face some tough questions.
“We started very well and we were on the front foot, taking the game to them which is what we said we wanted to do,” said Henry.
“Unfortunately that intercepted pass gave them the lead and that’s probably when the heads went down a bit.
“We need to be a bit stronger in the mind in getting back into games. I think overall, to be fair, although we were behind most of the game and the guys showed a lot of heart to keep in the mix. We played some decent rugby, but ultimately the better team won on the night. Another hard night, especially losing at home; it’s hard to handle. That’s hard to take as a player.” He defended the Ulster side’s approach going into the game and stressed there had been no lack of confidence.
Meanwhile Simon Danielli, who lined out at full-back when Jamie Smith tweaked a hamstring in the warm-up, expressed his disappointment following another Ravenhill reversal.
“We pride ourselves on our home performances and trying to make this a fortress and that’s obviously what we’ve got to get back to,” the Scottish international said. “We want to review the game. There were patches when it was good, there were patches where we looked dangerous with ball in hand and were difficult to defend against. But we just gave them a lot of soft points in the first half. They went in at half-time with a fairly substantial lead and it was always going to be tough chasing that.”
He insisted: “We’re disappointed because we know we can win these games.”