Ulster head coach, Mark Anscombe, admitted Friday night’s late 13-12 Rabo PRO12 defeat to Glasgow Warriors in Belfast was a hard pill to swallow.
Ulster should have cantered to a comfortable win over the Scottish visitors as they completely dominated the second half, but failed to take their chances and then fell to a try with seconds remaining which saw Glasgow complete a smash and grab job.
Irish outhalf, Paddy Jackson had redeemed himself from a wayward display in Newport a week ago, kicking four penalties from four in the first half to give Ulster a 12-6 interval lead after British Lion Stuart Hogg had kicked two from three for Glasgow.
Ulster dominated the second period, but missed three try scoring chances through Michael Allen, Luke Marshall and David McIlwaine, before Jackson missed a penalty to make the game safe 10 minutes from the end.
Then came that sucker punch when with the last play of the game James Eddie went in for a try and Hogg converted to make it 13-12.
Anscombe said: “To have a game where you should have won by 20 points, and you create three or four golden try scoring opportunities and not take any of them, and then they get a try after spending only 90 seconds of the whole game in our ‘22’, it is tough to take.
“Any time you lose in the last minute it hurts. It is really hard to take because a lot of guys worked really hard tonight and did really well.
“There are others who are not doing what is required of them.
“Now we have to make sure we win next week, because three from zero makes it really tough in this league.”