Belfast Telegraph

Everyone has to take responsibility for Ulster's worst loss since 2012, says Best

By Jonathan Bradley

A frustrated Rory Best struggled to recall a more bitterly disappointing Ulster result in recent seasons than Saturday night's 25-10 defeat at the hands of rivals Leinster.

The first time since early 2012 that the province have taken nothing from a league game at Kingspan Stadium, Ulster were second-best all over the park and Leo Cullen's men didn't need to be at their best for their three tries to one victory.

"We talked in the changing rooms after and that was one of the most disappointing results we have had in a while," said the hooker, who was making his 200th Ulster appearance.

"Beforehand we had talked about it being a big inter-pro with Leinster going well and, when they are going well, you know you have to be on your money to beat them.

"We just put mistake on mistake. I felt before the game that we were in a position to go out and win but, for whatever reason, we kept letting them off the hook. We're massively disappointed. The coaches were very frank afterwards in that everyone has to take responsibility."

Having lost their last two games, Ulster will travel today to South Africa ahead of Saturday's first game against PRO14 new boys Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Best, and the other five Ulster players named in the Ireland squad for the autumn internationals, will not make the trip, while there is concern over John Cooney and Kyle McCall.

Jean Deysel, who left Saturday's game with a shoulder injury, looks sure to miss out.

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