Glasgow Warriors chalked up 50 points as they stormed to a place in the Guinness PRO14 Grand Final at Celtic Park but it still was not enough to please coach Dave Rennie.
But Rennie was frustrated as his side’s focus slipped towards the end, allowing Dan McFarland’s men to cross over for three late consolation efforts as they lost 50-20.
But the Warriors coach hopes it serves as a wake-up call for their Parkhead date.
He said: “We got off to a flyer as we often do, so we got a bit of scoreboard pressure on them early, and with a bit of breeze behind us we were able to play at the right end of the field and turn pressure into points.
“I thought for 70 minutes wee defended really well. The last 10 was not flash. It’s funny because we were looking at the scoreboard and we’ve got 50 points on the board and we’re angry because of the way we finished the game.
“But for a big chunk of the game, we were excellent – really clinical – turning defence into attack and scoring points from it.
“It’s perfect prep for next week. If we had won 50-3 or something like that then that wouldn’t be ideal preparation.
“It is a reminder that we’ve got to keep going to the last whistle.”
Ulster were hoping to take another step towards their first trophy since their 2006 Celtic League success.
But it turned out to be a sorry farewell for retiring skipper Rory Best, who know only has duty with Ireland at this year’s World Cup to look forward to before hanging up his boots.
He said: “We’re very disappointed in our performance but at the same time I think having watched that Glasgow performance I’m not sure even our best display would have won here.
“That’s the best I’ve seen them play this year. They were really good value for their win.
“Clearly Rory would have preferred to go out on a win. He probably wanted to play in a game where we played our best rugby.
“We didn’t do that and that’s the most disappointing thing.”
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