Payne's red 'will haunt us' - Muller

Published Monday, 07 April 2014
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Ulster captain Johann Muller has said Jared Payne's red card in the Heineken Cup game was "harsh" and the game will haunt him and the players "for the rest of their lives".

Payne's red 'will haunt us' - Muller
Jared Payne receives a red card after tackling Alex Goode (© Presseye)

Ulster suffered a heart-breaking loss against Saracens at the new-look Ravenhill by just two points to crash out of the cup.

The province lost the influential Jared Payne to a red card in the opening stages of the game.

Payne was sent off for a high tackle on Alex Goode.

However, despite playing most of the game with 14 men and losing both Rory Best and Ruan Pienaar to injury the Ulster men lost by just 15 points to 17.

Ulster's captain, Johann Muller told UTV: "Jared never took his eyes off the ball.

"He didn't see him until he made contact and I just thought a red card was really, really harsh."

He added: "That will haunt us for the rest of our lives.

"It was a massive one for us. We played exactly the way we wanted to play and for 14 guys to hang in and to lose by two points at the end was just unbelievable."

Tommy Bowe also praised the team for the performance.

He added: "Everyone had to do it all and it's a credit to the squad that we got so close to the win."

© UTV News
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