UK news Henshaw should have been carded but Ulster must be more clinical: McFarland last news
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Breaking News ! "Iain Henderson didn’t miss when asked for his thoughts. “Better, but not good enough,” was his typically honest appraisal after Ulster had tasted a fourth straight loss for the first time since Les Kiss was in charge.You could see where the skipper was coming from. After all, they had managed to put a mightily powerful Leinster selection in an uncomfortable place and yet Henderson and his team-mates had still ended up keeping their dismal record in Dublin intact. During the contest, he had also become unusually animated with referee Mike Adamson after Robbie Henshaw had somehow not collected a card following his horribly high first-half smash on Robert Baloucoune, a situation which resulted in Ulster losing their captain’s challenge. The skipper’s frustration was entirely understandable. Henshaw, after returning from an HIA which was required after his hit on Baloucoune, went on to score the game’s decisive try and was, perhaps rather insensitively, named man of the match.“The view we had looked to me as if it had been a collision with the body and then up to the head, which should have been a yellow card,” he said. “However, I’m not privy to all of the angles. Mike (Adamson) made the decision there and it is what it is.“It meant that we lost our captain’s challenge which was disappointing.”In terms of what Ulster brought to their third Rainbow Cup contest, and yet another inter-provincial, McFarland’s side had chiselled out several sound-looking scoring chances in an opening 40 minutes which had those in blue having to primarily focus on their defensive drills.And yet those opportunities, bar Baloucoune’s cleverly worked score – with the generally excellent Stuart McCloskey’s huge left-handed pass helping it on its way – led to no return when it came to moving the scoreboard.
.And though there will be bitter disappointment at having to absorb another game without winning – the losing bonus point doubtless getting scant notice – what occurred at the RDS has to be placed in a broader context. Though talk of growing crisis would be somewhat wide of the mark, Ulster badly needed a performance to shake off the growing impression that they were a side whose direction and belief had already gone on holiday.They had to avoid rolling over not only to dismiss any notion that they were just no longer playing for McFarland but they also had to do it for themselves and demonstrate that getting rolled over by Connacht, Leicester and Munster was not going to continue to define them as this season crawls to its conclusion. Ulster ticked all those boxes in terms of showing they cared and that the hunger to perform is still present. Yes, they lost again, but perhaps of more importance was that they unearthed a performance – with McCloskey, Henderson, Jacob Stockdale, Nick Timoney, David Shanahan, Matty Rea, Brad Roberts and Rob Lyttle all worthy of mention in dispatches – when many thought it not possible. “This week we maintained the intensity throughout the game and it was a tough game,” McFarland stated. “I thought the guys stuck in there. “We were under the cosh at some points, and had them under the cosh at some points too, but the difference was that we weren’t able to finish off as often as we needed to.“(But) I thought the effort out there was absolutely outstanding.“For a lot of that game we kept one of the best attacking sides in Europe very quiet.“In terms of creating things I thought we probably did a better job, in terms of finishing things we definitely didn’t do a better job,” he added."
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