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Ulster coach admits team are just not good enough


By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes blasted that there wasn't a single positive to take from his struggling side's latest defeat.

The province were beaten 35-17 by Cardiff in the Arms Park in a game they were second best throughout.

"There's nothing really that we want to associate ourselves with from that performance," lamented Gibbes.

"There's nothing in that performance that we aspire to be. There was nothing positive. It's not good enough and it doesn't reflect what we're trying to do, what we're trying to work in and what we're trying to put pride in. It's just not good enough.

"It felt a lot worse than the scoreboard suggested.

"That's a really deflating performance. There's not a lot we can hang our hats on there or be proud of. The scoreboard isn't a fair reflection of how utterly we weren't in that game.

"I'm not even sure how well they played, to be honest. It's pretty deflating."

With four games remaining, Ulster could see their slim hopes of making the PRO14 play-offs ended by defeat to Edinburgh next time out while they need to finish ahead of Benetton, now only one point behind, to have any hope of Champions Cup rugby next year.

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