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Ulster must step it up to have play-off hopes, warns Kiss

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster boss Les Kiss admitted his biggest frustration after last night's draw with Cardiff was the many errors made by his side. While they had few opportunities in the Cardiff '22', there were some untimely knock-ons while the most damning post-match statistic was 30 missed tackles.

"I think the error rate was the disappointing thing," said Kiss. "We gave them a chance to stay in the game.

"Whether it was a missed tackle, a kick out on the full, or a line-out throw, we didn't put those clinical edges on the game that you need to win the game.

"The talk was about individual responsibility and accountability for your work and just being really honest with yourself about being clinical and strong in terms of staying disciplined with your work, so that is where that stands. We now have to go out and do a job against Munster next week."

With Scarlets heavily favoured to leapfrog them in the table after tackling lowly Treviso later today, and having missed the chance to take over third-placed Ospreys due to last night's dropped points, the tension will be palpable throughout the season's final three games as Ulster risk their first season without any knockout rugby since 2010.

"We'll see what Munster, Glasgow, Ospreys and Leinster come up with tomorrow and see where the ladder sits at the end of the weekend," he said.

"It makes for a compelling last three weeks, starting with Munster. You'd expect Scarlets to get the bonus point. That'd be disappointing. We need to be nailing every game from now on," Kiss added.

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