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Best laments disappointing end to season

Best laments disappointing end to season

British and Irish Lion Rory Best admits club side Ulster threw away their chance of league glory on Friday, as they went down 16-14 to Scottish rivals Glasgow Warriors.

British and Irish Lion Rory Best admits club side Ulster threw away their chance of league glory on Friday, as they went down 16-14 to Scottish rivals Glasgow Warriors.

Alongside Lions teammate Tommy Bowe, Best led out Ulster as they bid to become the first side ever to win a Celtic league semi-final away from home.

But a Glasgow side including 2013 tourist Stuart Hogg – who kicked a long-range first-half penalty – had other ideas, and despite trailing 14-9 with five minutes left the Warriors crossed the whitewash to record a famous victory.

And Best, who was part of the squad that beat Australia on tour in 2013 and captained the Lions in a warm-up match against the Brumbies, conceded his side had let a golden opportunity to play in a home final slip through their fingers.

“It’s bitterly disappointing to have lost that game, a game we thought we dominated and had many opportunities to win it,” the hooker told Sky Sports.

“We just took our foot off the pedal a little bit in the second half. We probably tried to play a little bit in our own half.

“They were good, but at the same time we have to be a lot better than that.

“That’s the disappointing thing, to have come here and put himself in the perfect position – I think when we look back at that, we didn’t play anywhere near our best.”

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