Kiss challenges players to take ownership and deliver

ULSTER RUGBY MEDIA CONFERENCE | Tuesday 24th November 2015''Richard Mulligan interviews Les Kiss at the media conference at Kingspan Stadium Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.''Photo credit: John Dickson / DICKSONDIGITAL
ULSTER RUGBY MEDIA CONFERENCE | Tuesday 24th November 2015''Richard Mulligan interviews Les Kiss at the media conference at Kingspan Stadium Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.''Photo credit: John Dickson / DICKSONDIGITAL

Ulster director of rugby, Les Kiss, says the players aspire to be what Saracens were about last week when the sides met in the European Champions Cup.;

The English Premiership leaders blitzed Ulster in the second half and left the Kingspan Stadium with a rare five point success.

Saracens have become as one of the strong contenders in Europe over the past few seasons and Kiss was key to highlight that it just did not happen overnight.

“Saracens are a good side. They have enjoyed success. But it has taken three of four years to grow that,” he said.

“The guys (Ulster players) aspire to be what Saracens showed us last week.

“I think what they have done over the past three or four years is brilliant.

“We know we can get there, but it will not be tomorrow or this week. But we need to make the steps on the things that matter for now.

“We have to get ourselves right for this week and hopefully that is good enough to feel good that we can progress further.

“However, we still need to be able to nail the result.”

Although Saracens won 27-9, turning around a 9-0 deficit, Ulster were right in the game up until the last quarter.

“It was not about the scoreline,” said Kiss. “It is about knowing why things happened, or didn’t. Sure they were disappointed, but I wanted to show them why they should be disappointed in a tactical and technical sense and even an attitude sense.

“The players were great with what I put forward. I challenged them.

“They are willing to step forward and take ownership of what they need to do,” added Kiss.