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Kiss: Ulster have to learn fast or face exit

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's director of rugby Les Kiss has declared that his team must learn lessons from Saturday's crushing defeat to Saracens in the Champions Cup or face more disappointment.

Having seen his team hammered by Saracens at Kingspan Stadium in November, it was the same story in north London on Saturday with Mark McCall's Premiership champions running out 33-17 winners leaving Ulster's chances of making the knockout stages in Europe this year on a knife-edge.

"We're extremely disappointed to tell you the truth," said Kiss.

"They teach you a lesson each time you play them, last game and this game, and it's not good enough to just sit back and let those things happen (without learning)."

Ulster will take on Oyonnax at home on Saturday but know that even a big win would leave them requiring at least two other results to go their way.

Wasps, Stade Francais and Clermont are well placed to claim the three best runners-up positions on offer with Northampton also looking more likely than Ulster to make it into the last eight.

"We have to get five points and we also have to sit and wait for a couple of other results that we don't control," Kiss said of next week's crunch encounter.

"We're first on the slate this week so if we do our job then other people have to react to that and do their job to keep us out of there."

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