Belfast Telegraph

Magners League: McLaughlin sees plus points despite Ulster defeat

By Ciaran Donaghy

Brian McLaughlin was pleased with the effort of his players but disappointed with the result as Munster completed the double over Ulster with a bonus point victory at Thomond Park.

Ulster have drawn won and lost three out of four games against their fellow Irish Provinces an are now six points of the Magners League play off places although have a game in hand.

Whilst Ulster tamely surrendered at home to Leinster they showed fight in Thomond Park before by blitzed with three tries in the last six minutes.

“You can not fault anybody ,everybody put 100% effort in and that's all we asked for, the scoreline is very disappointing and we are disappointed to have given Munster a bonus point,” said McLaughlin.

“From our point of view we defended our line with pride and we also had a lot of young guys out there and they played very well and got a huge learning experience from it.”

Ulster had raced into a 10 lead but eventually the mistakes crept in allowing Munster to chip away and then run in four tries.

“We've got to look at the game and say we didn't hold onto the football enough, we turned the ball over at vital times and we had a great chance to go 17-0 up in the first half but we just didn't get over the line.”

“Munster then got a lot of possession and we defended well but in the end they proved just a bit too strong for us.

McLaughlin is hoping the side can rectify the two derby defeats with a strong performance at home to Treviso on Friday night before the resumption of the Heineken Cup and the mouth watering clash with Biarritz.

“It's been a difficult two weeks for us having Leinster and Munster but we are still very positive, we have Treviso then we have Europe and we have got to look at that.”

“We got some pluses from Thomond Park and we had some good individual performances,” ended McLaughlin.

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