Former Ulster fly-half Ian Humphreys says the province’s dwelling defeat to Connacht on Friday night time was “not acceptable”.
Matty Rea was proven a pink card initially of the second half because the guests claimed their first win in Belfast since 1960.
“I perceive it’s robust and people gamers are hurting,” mentioned Humphreys.
“However there simply does not appear to be a buzz. They aren’t flying off the road in defence and assault.”
Having gone undefeated of their first 4 video games Ulster now go into European motion on the again of consecutive inter-provincial losses.
Nick Timoney’s late strive salvaged a dropping bonus factors for the hosts who have been dominated on the scrum all through the competition.
“They have been outfought,” mentioned 1999 European Cup winner Tony McWhirter.
“The honeymoon interval for Dan McFarland is over. 5 video games in and we’ve got misplaced two back-to-back.
“We’ve got gone right down to the largest variety of factors in opposition to Munster and have misplaced for the primary time in practically 60 years at dwelling to Connacht. There are query marks.”
Ulster welcome Leicester Tigers to the Kingspan Stadium subsequent Saturday for his or her European Champions Cup opener, with Scarlets internet hosting Racing 92 within the different Pool four sport.