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Players must accept blame at struggling Ulster: Ludik

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Fit-again Ulster back Louis Ludik believes the province's players have been protected from the pressure currently being heaped upon the side's coaching ticket.

Director of Rugby Les Kiss and his men have been the subject of stinging criticism in recent weeks, with things intensifying after the 38-7 thumping by Leinster in Dublin last week.

Ludik has recovered from the illness that saw him miss that game, as well as the win over Munster earlier that week, and figures to slot into the side's midfield for the crucial Champions Cup clash with La Rochelle on Saturday (1pm kick-off).

And the South African says that win, lose or draw against the French side, it's the players who are the ones who have to take ultimate responsibility.

"Les and the management, I think at the moment they take a lot of pressure off us," he said. "I think from the media side, they take a lot on themselves and they don't filter that through to us.

"But as players we do take massive responsibility. We have pride in the jersey and as individuals, we are professionals and we go out there and do our best."

Ulster would take over top spot in Pool One with a win at the Kingspan.

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