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Published: 15:29 | 21/2/16

Ulster narrowly lose to Scarlets


Ulster have slipped to fourth in the Pro 12 table after a narrow 21-20 defeat to Scarlets at Ravenhill on Sunday.

Les Kiss' side 17-15 led at the interval, after winger Craig Gilroy and Luke Marshall went over for tries to cancel out first-half touchdowns by Scarlets full-back Michael Collins.

Two Aled Thomas penalties, the second following a yellow card for Ulster flanker Chris Henry, gave the visitors a 21-17 lead in a low-scoring second half, and although Paddy Jackson kicked a late penalty, the Irish province were unable to add to their points tally in the final 16 minutes of the match.

Kiss says the players are "disappointed" after their "ponderous" attack failed to impose themselves on the Scarlets.

"It is fairly obvious that we are not clinical enough." the Australian told BBC Northern Ireland.

"Errors in defence and attack have let us down, and we are just not giving ourselves the chance to put as much pressure on our opponent as we would like to.

"The opposition are getting too much traction, and our defence at times was pretty poor. We didn't get line speed and width, and some individual tackles let us down.

"In attack, we get up to the attacking zone on their try line, and we are just a little bit ponderous about how we go about our business.

"It is obviously a disappointed dressing-room, so we have to find some solutions in a hurry so that we can turn it around next week [against Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park on Sunday]"

Ulster now lie four points behind league leaders Connacht, while Scarlets are level on points with Leinster, two points behind Pat Lam's league leaders.

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