Every Ulster player gave their all: Tom Court

Disappointment for Ulster captain Johann Muller and Rory Best
Disappointment for Ulster captain Johann Muller and Rory Best
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International prop, Tom Court, said there was major disappointment in losing the PRO12 final because everyone involved had given it their all.

“The boys can certainly hold their heads high even in defeat,” said Court.

“They went out there and gave their and it just so disappointing to have still come up short against a great team like Leinster.”

Court admitted it was their poor discipline which had cost them early on.

“We conceded penalties and then they got a soft try. It left us playing catch up for the rest of the game.

“We did get stuck in better in the second half and gained a bit of ground.

“It did seem that perhaps things were starting to turn in our favour.

“But then a lapse in concentration and they scored another try. It was just too hard to chase after that.”

Court went on: “Leinster are a good team. When they get in front they are hard to beat.

“You need to get on top of them and keep the lead on them.

“If they are starting to chase you then you have a better chance,” added Court referring to the way Ulster had held out for a win at the RDS in the regular league season at the end of March winning 22-18.

Court said the squad had kicked on this season in spite of losing in the final having finished top of the league.

“We definitely consolidated this season and kicked on well. It is not just a case of getting over the line.

“We did enough during the season to prove we deserved to finish as the top team on the table.

“I think with Leinster’s experience in finals they had that little edge on us on this occasion.”

Court goes on tour to North America this summer, but he is already excited about next season with Ulster.

“The nucleus of the 23 players who were named today will be here next season. We are still in a good place,” he added.