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Stephen Ferris Critical Of Ulster's 'Worst Performance Of The Season' v Toulouse

Stephen Ferris Critical Of Ulster's 'Worst Performance Of The Season' v Toulouse
By Michael Bolton

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Stephen Ferris claims Ulster defeat to Toulouse was their “worst performance of the season.”

Ulster went into the game at the Kingspan with a six-point lead from the first leg at France after a thrilling victory in Toulouse.

In another exciting contest in Belfast, it was Toulouse that came out on top, with Antoine Dupont breaking Ulster's hearts with five minutes remaining.

Despite leading for most of the tie, Stephen Ferris has criticised Ulster’s tactics, claiming they let the French champions back into the tie.

"That Ulster performance was probably their worst performance of the season. They didn’t play well, they tried to protect the six point lead with half an hour to go in the game.

"Just box kicking the ball away. Robert Baloucoune scored a hat-trick the week before, all he did all night was chase box kicks.”

"They were trying to make Toulouse make unforced errors and capitalise off that with the field position.

"Toulouse didn’t play that well and still won by 10 points. It was definitely one that got away.”

One of the turning points of the game was the red card to Ulster prop Tom O’Toole, for a high tackle on Anthony Jelonch. Ferris believes Ulster can have no complaints about the incident.

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“It was 100% a red card. I got a few text messages from friends, from Ulster supporters while I was still commentating on the game asking how was that a red card.

"Tom O’Toole, I know for a fact isn’t a dirty player in the slightest, he just got it wrong, got it high, trying to make an impact, and he will learn a lot from that.”

Ulster v Toulouse highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqr4Hq-yNNQ

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Ulster take on Munster in a crucial URC clash toight. While Ulster currently lie in second in the table, Munster could end up in eighth with a loss and if other results don’t go their way.

Johann Van Graan’s side will be full of confidence following last week’s victory over Exeter to send them through to the Champions Cup Quarter Finals.

Ferris believes the atmosphere and home support in Belfast will be crucial to their chances of success., especially after last week’s disappointment.

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"A few of the lads might be a little bit flat after that performance, they need to turn up.

"I think it’s a really special place when it’s hoping. I think this weekend a lot of Ulster fans will go back this weekend and get behind the lads and hopefully it’s close to another sell out."

SEE ALSO: Munster's New Irish- Qualified Signing Has Been Lighting It Up For Bristol This Year 

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