Blair: "We have to get better"

Blair: "We have to get better"

Get the reaction from Head Coach Mike Blair after his side's nervy bonus point win against Zebre Parma at DAM Health Stadium.

On overconfidence

“We scored early and there was an air of over confidence during the week coming into Zebre game,

“Eyes were maybe on the Ulster and Glasgow games coming up. Scoring early sometimes everybody relaxes a little bit.

“We were off it today in terms of our speed to contact and it was not great but it could be a lot worse. We still walk away with a bonus point victory and we are in the top eight and still have the potential to go top four so all is not lost but we have to get better.”

On managing the game with 14 men

“We kept making the same mistakes but we cannot keep doing that but at the same time I thought there was still some very good game management when we were down to 14 men,

"We will be right up for the game next week and we will put a performance in.

"You need some character to pull through a game like that and we did that tonight."

On Zebre

"We weren’t in every moment, we were passengers at times. Slow to react, quick kick off, and a bit of sluggishness. Against teams in this league you can’t afford to do that. Zebre should have won tonight.

"They have some x-factor players that we didn’t deal with properly.

"I don’t want to take anything away for Zebre, they played some brilliant rugby, it’s good for the league."

On Ulster

"We’re going to be really focussed for Ulster. I believe we’ll have a reaction to the game tonight. We talk before the games about setting our own standards, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing against.

"We don’t do too much preview on our opposition, it’s more about what we can do. We believe that if we do that well the results will come.

"There are top four spaces up for grabs, top eight as well, and Champions Cup places. It’s a really competitive league."

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