You can't fault Ulster's desire, insists Malone
As Ulster's season goes from bad to worse, Niall Malone says passion is not one of the side's problems.
Outside the PRO14 play-off spots, despite an expanded format this season, with only five games to go, the province have won just two of their last seven league outings and were thumped 34-10 by Scarlets last time out.
"The current run, I don't think it is to do with passion," said assistant coach Malone. "There are various things going on off-field in Ulster at the minute. You try not to make it a distraction, but it is always there.
"In the past, I think (lack of) passion was the number one criticism, but I don't think it is anymore. What I would say is that at times before, it was a valid criticism."
Needing to get back to winning ways, Ulster will have Charles Piutau back for Friday's visit from Glasgow (7.35pm), although Jean Deysel is a doubt.