What disappointed me most about Ulster’s defeat to Munster is that against Leinster and Clermont, tactically he got it 100% accurate.
n those two games he found a way to win when the previous Ulster team would have broken up, and I thought, ‘Hallelujah, now we have an Ulster team that can win against big opponents’.
With that newfound confidence, yesterday I felt so confident in that second half at 10, 15 minutes that Ulster were going to win it, but then they lost their composure and took the mentally wrong approach, giving Munster some air Got a chance to suck. , They will strangle you when you give hope to Munster in Limerick. It took them some time, but eventually they did.
Ulster will go home very upset at his inability to turn it off.
I thought in the end he did it the wrong way, he kicked the ball too far. It was wrong to give the ball easily back to Munster back three, especially to Mike Haley and give him room to breathe.
I was commenting with Alan Quinlan and he said Ulster gave Munster a chance to come in and steal that game, and Munster is kind of a side that if you offer them that kind of opportunity they’ll take it. Will take And it’s not even a great Munster side, it’s one of the poorest Munster teams I’ve seen in a while. They were definitely there for the taking.
When Simon Zebo was given the red card, Münster was behind Ulster and was ahead on the scoreboard, but did not make the most of it. They should have shot Munster down and killed him.
Nathan Doak’s kick at the end was a great example. At the time I was thinking, ‘It’s not in his range’, and he didn’t come close to it. This is where Ulster showed some tactical gullibility. That was when he should have kicked into the corner as he kept his composure on the line-out and Duane Vermeulen was taking everything from Rob Herring.
Stick it in the corner, take it to Vermeulen again, eat the clock and maybe get another penalty or even Maul again.
To Ulster’s eternal credit, they were missing 14 players and 10 of them are international – I think if Ian Henderson plays that game, with the experience he has, different decisions in the last 10 minutes Hota and Ulster would have known exactly what they had to do to eliminate Munster. Easy to say, but Henderson is a huge loss.
So, Ulster lost a game they felt they should have won last night, and in my opinion they should have won it. But they won about six or seven without starts, so it’s a real declaration of Ulster’s depth and the way the coaches push every player on that team to play at a higher level.
If you look at it in the big picture, it’s a plus that I’m driving home thinking, ‘God, short of 10 players, Ulster should have still beat Munster on their home turf’.
John Cooney will be a big loss if he is not fit for next week’s Champions Cup game against Northampton, but Dok is a good player and I still believe the Premiership has been exaggerated, especially of the defensive quality. Shortage.
I think Ulster will go to Northampton next week, even if they lose, with the belief that they have a side to break them.
* Mark Robson is part of the Premier Sports TV team, bringing fans all the action and analysis from every Ulster game during the United Rugby Championship season.
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