Ulster even more determind for Magners League run-in

Guinness PRO12 Editor

11 Apr 2011


Ulster captain Rory Best insists his side are even more determined to win the Magners League after suffering European heartbreak.

Ulster fell to a 23-13 defeat at the hands of Northampton Saints to crash out of the European Cup.

But with all still to play for in the Magners League, Ulster are hell-bent on a clinching a first-ever Celtic Crown.

The Northern Ireland province lie second in the league 12-points adrift of Munster but two-points ahead of the Ospreys.

Ulster now face Leinster, Connacht and Newport Gwent Dragons as they look to cement their place in the top four and book their place in the play-offs.

"We want to win every game and every competition that we're in," said Best.

"We were very happy with the first half performance, It was everything we had talked about in the week.

"We were physical, our set-piece was secure and the backs accurate. We knew if we could bring that the result would go our way as the first half proved.

"But we have to take responsibility for the way the second half went. At times the standard was unacceptable. We lost line-outs, we lost scrums and slipped back from the edge we had in the first.

"Northampton showed us you can't afford to do that, we just couldn't get a foot-hold on the game in the second.

"But there are a lot of positives to take from it, especially from the first half where we played very well.

"We're in these games to win. We will take bits and pieces but we're ultimately we're disappointed."