Crushing loss my low point at Ulster: Kiss
Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss admitted Saturday night's hammering at the hands of Connacht was the worst performance in the two and a half years since he arrived at Kingspan Stadium.
While Ulster would offer no comment on the Australian's future amid speculation over the weekend, there is no doubt that the pressure has been ramped up to produce a much improved performance when Munster arrive in Belfast on January 1.
They are still in the final play-off spot in the PRO14, but just three points ahead of Edinburgh after the weekend's results, while the manner of the 44-16 loss in Galway will bring yet more questions over the direction the side are heading in.
The province have lost only four times this season but have flirted with disaster throughout the year, and with an under-strength panel on the wrong end of a six-try pummelling, the wheels came off in spectacular fashion in the Sportsground.
"That's the worst, yeah," Kiss said of performances on his watch.
"But you get a chance to come back and that's what we've got to do.
"We've got to dust ourselves down and we've got our tails between our legs.
"The way Connacht played is a lesson for us to go out and play against Munster."