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Doak: Exit strategy let Ulster down
23 May 2015 16:04
Ulster came within minutes of becoming the first away team to win a Pro12 semi-final but coach Neil Doak was left to rue the one that got away as Glasgow booked their place in the decider.
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No visitors had ever won through to a final in this competition but Ulster looked like bucking that trend as they led by five points late on.
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However, a patient Warriors move resulted in a converted try to give the Scots a 16-14 win at Scotsoun.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, Doak blamed his side’s exit execution, claiming it allowed the home side to keep the pressure on.
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He was also not too pleased with some of the officiating but conceded that the faults lay, for the most part, at their own door.
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“I could tell you the truth or I could sit on the fence but, look, a few decisions didn’t go our way,” he said.
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“I think the disappointing thing was the 12-15 minutes after half-time. We didn’t exit well and it put us under a little bit of stress. We were under enough stress at the back end of the game. We crumbled a little bit. It’s gone now.
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“If we had exited properly and just spent a little bit more time in the Glasgow half, the Glasgow 22, then at the back end of the game they mightn’t have been able to hold to the ball for the length of time that they did and get in for that score. That’s the disappointing thing.
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“The players worked their socks off. We talked all week about being physical and working hard at the breakdowns and they showed everything for Ulster rugby and for themselves and unfortunately we just came up a little bit short.
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“We’ve got to look at a couple of aspects of our game that we’ve got to tighten up but I’m massively proud of the players.”
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