Ryan Bailey studies from Kingspan Stadium
START AS YOU imply to go on was the message in the Ulster dressing room all week, and Les Kiss expressed his delight at the method his gamers recorded a bonus level victory on the opening night time of the Guinness Professional14 season.
The northern province taught the Toyota Cheetahs one thing of a lesson on a historic night time at Ravenhill as they tamed the South African aspect to rating six tries en route to a 42-19 win.
The Cheetahs bought off to a quick begin — scoring two early tries to lead 14-Eight after 26 minutes — however Ulster responded with some pulsating rugby of their very own and had the bonus level wrapped up by half time.
Talking afterwards, director of rugby Kiss stated it was essential his aspect delivered on the opening night time in entrance of their residence followers.
“To be at Kingspan and present what this place means to us, it was essential,” he stated.
“I suppose the different elements that had been actually essential had been turning into a higher crew week in, week out and I suppose our bench got here on and delivered. We wish to recognise the guys that didn’t play.
“We’ve actually bought a bit extra traction in what we’re attempting to do and there’s some nice stuff that got here by that we’re attempting to construct on. There’s a honest method to go. There are going to be a lot of groups this week that are first and a lot of groups that are second and that’s all it's at this stage.”
Tommy Bowe, Alan O’Connor, Stuart McCloskey and Charles Piutau all crossed in the first half as Ulster pulled clear when Henco Venter was sitting in the bin. Louis Ludik and Peter Nelson added scores in the second half, with Cheetahs captain Niell Jordaan describing the hosts’ efficiency as ‘world class’.
“I suppose that’s a little bit of a stretch,” Kiss stated, with out getting carried away. “You’ve bought to take the good and dangerous and be taught the classes. I suppose we’ve discovered some and put into place. It’s nonetheless a nice feeling to get that done in that vogue towards a good crew. I was bloody nervous before this sport and it was essential we raised to the problem and definitely weren’t shy to one another about how good they're. They are going to be good this 12 months.
“Comfortable the place it's at the second nevertheless it’s just one sport into the season. We truly left one or two with a higher choice right here or there. I suppose it’s been confirmed that groups that can maintain strain on and be scientific at the similar time, they begin to put the scores collectively over the season. I nonetheless suppose we took the mistaken choice at occasions.
“We did a lot higher issues with a lot higher circulate. The boys trusted their skillsets however the large factor for me was that we had been constructive and our urge for food to play constructive rugby in that first half was evident. It was good for the sport, for a historic match like that you’d have to be proud of the place it ended up.”
On the harm entrance, Kiss reported no main considerations forward of the journey to Treviso subsequent week with Piutau withdrawn as a precaution when he began to really feel his hamstring tighten.
Kyle McCall can have an x-ray on his finger after he dislocated it in the heat-up whereas Robbie Diack suffered a ‘large blow’ to his hip pointer and will probably be monitored over the coming days.
Kiss will, nevertheless, have Eire internationals Jacob Stockdale, Kieran Treadwell and Luke Marshall again in rivalry for subsequent week.
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