Stephen Ferris has claimed that Ronan O'Gara's comments on Ulster's problems could be the cause of their issues.
It now means Ulster have to win against Sale Sharks on Saturday to have any hope of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions Cup. Defeat to La Rochelle saw another game where Ulster performed well, but last the game late on.
Their poor run of form has seen them win one of their last seven games, with their good start to the season now long forgotten.
As Ulster coaches and fans search for answers to their problems, Ronan O'Gara claimed after the game that Ulster's problems could be a culture issue.
The brutal reality of this job is that you’ve got to concern yourself with your own team.
The statistics say they could have won those games. I don’t even know who they’ve come across in those games but what would disappoint you as a head coach is you look at how they played in Sale and how they played tonight, it’s poles apart.
There’s no continuity, there’s no semblance of what we saw tonight in what we saw against Sale. For me that means there’s something in the environment that has to get better because it can’t be like that."
Stephen Ferris Backs Ronan O'Gara Comments
Reflecting on another heartbreaking defeat for Ulster Stephen Ferris agrees with Ronan O'Gara's comments on the environment at Ulster.
Speaking on the build-up in partnership with Ladbrokes, Ferris believes that O'Gara could have been speaking from a coach's point of view on the problems the province have been facing.
I was listening to Ronan O'Gara and the piece he did after the game on Ulster. They're a good side, they're not that far away, lots of last minute losses and maybe that's not down to the way they're coached or the way they're the way they play, you know, missing tackles.
Maybe it's down to a culture thing, Maybe it's that, this is what Ronan was saying and I read this article and I thought about it quite a bit. Everybody has been looking for why Ulster haven't been playing well recently.
Why are they losing in the last minute, why does keep happening to us? Maybe ROG has found something, maybe he's been in a similar situation himself as a coach and he understands it. I haven't been there as a coach so I'm not so sure. I've been there as a player certainly.
Maybe there's something in it for ROG. Those six or seven changes that Dan McFarland made rattled a few cages."