Belfast Telegraph

Coach Kiss vows to put Ulster right

 

By Michael Sadlier

Les Kiss has admitted that Ulster must plug the leaks to keep their try line intact for their New Year's Day clash with Munster at Kingspan Stadium.

The game marks the second of a trio of interpro derbies over the festive period and Kiss and his squad know they have to start 2018 in good shape after their record 44-16 tanking by Connacht last Saturday in Galway, when they conceded six tries.

Ulster have now conceded 16 tries in their last four games, though their only defeat in that sequence has come to Connacht.

Kiss accepts this is an issue which must be urgently addressed with a key series of games both in the Guinness PRO14 and Europe coming up in January.

"We've got to work harder to fix that (the defence) up," said Kiss, whose area of expertise is as a defensive coach.

"It's been something we've been trying to work on. It's not something simple that we can put our hand on, it's not like we're not good in defence, it's just, at times, teams open us up.

"It's about getting those first-up hits and dominating that area. We're not getting to do that and that's putting us under a lot of pressure," he added.

Ulster remain third in Conference B but are now just three points ahead of Edinburgh.

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