Rory Best rues missed chance as Ulster lose Pro12 semi-final

Dejected Ulster players leave the field
Dejected Ulster players leave the field
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Devastated Ulster captain Rory Best was left to bemoan another Guinness PRO12 semi-final that got away after suffering a late defeat to Glasgow on Friday night.

A converted try five minutes from the time saw Glasgow snatch a dramatic 16-14 victory at Scotstoun.

The Scottish side will travel to Belfast next Saturday for the Grand Final against the winners of today’s semi-final between Munster or Ospreys.

Ulster had led 8-6 at the break after a Ruan Pienaar penalty and Chris Henry try, Finn Russell kicking two penalties for Glasgow.

Pienaar bagged two more penalties in the second half and Russell landed one, but he was to slot over a touchline conversion after replacement winger, DTH van der Merwe crossed five minutes from the end.

Captain Best said: “We are so disappointed with how things finished tonight.

“I felt perhaps our intensity at the start of the second half wasn’t enough.

“It is a hard one to take.”

Ulster Head Coach Neil Doak said that he was “gutted” to have lost the game to a late score.

“We probably didn’t take enough of our chances but I was happy with the way the guys had played in the first half to lead 8-6,” Doak said.

“It is always disappointing to lose a game in the closing minutes especially when you have put so much effort into it.

“It is one of those things that happens and the guys are devastated in the changing room to have come so close”.