Edinburgh coach Rob Moffat admitted a lack of consistency had cost his team dearly after they crashed to a third consecutive defeat to see their Magners League play-off hopes all-but ended.
Having finished second to Leinster last season, the Scottish outfit slipped to sixth on Sunday as Ulster ran in five tries at Murrayfield in a 37-25 victory.
While the win guaranteed the Irish region a place in next season’s Heineken Cup, Edinburgh now need results elsewhere to go their way in the final game of the season to scrape into the top four.
And Moffat insisted the coaching staff as well as the players needed to hold their hands up and take responsibility for the team’s indifferent form on the pitch.
“Everybody connected with our team, on and off the pitch, is very disappointed with the way we’ve played in the last few games,” said Moffat, whose side travel to leaders Leinster for the final match in two weeks time.
“The league is over the season and we have all lacked consistency, the coaches as well as the players.
“In the past three games we haven’t had many players at the top of their game and that’s one reason for the defeats.
“But it’s not just about these last few games. You get to the play-offs over the whole season.”