Schmidt facing selection dilemma

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:16
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Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt admits he faces a selection headache when his injured stars return.

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt admits he faces a selection headache when his injured stars return after his young side secured a 17-0 Pro12 shutout against Connacht.

Tries from Ian Madigan and replacement Jack McGrath inspired Leinster to their first win in three as they put their defeat to Ulster and two European Cup losses to Clermont Auvergne behind them.
 
Brian O'Driscoll, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald have all had long spells on the sidelines this season but have been training ahead of the Pro12 clash with Edinburgh on January 4.
 
But Schmidt insists they will not all walk automatically back into the side after the impressive display from his side against Connacht.
 
"[The win] gives us a bit of confidence and also challenges the players who are coming back from injury and who didn't play," said Schmidt.
 
"It challenges them because some of the young guys delivered and I think that's the strength of our squad in recent years.
 
"The young guys have really pushed the older guys on and we've mixed and matched the teams.
 
"It makes for a positive headache as opposed to some pretty tough headaches that we've had where we've gone to the sub academy to find players that are fit to play for us.
 
"They [Connacht] always make us work really hard. There's a bit of respect between the two teams but there's also a bit of animosity.
 
"There's a lot of guys in the Connacht side who are from Leinster so there's a close connection.

"There was little bit of added fierceness around the contact area and disappointingly there was a little bit of gamesmanship off the ball that we'll have a look at."

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Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
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Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
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Sun, 17 December 2017
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Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 10 10 0 0 48
Munster 10 7 0 3 36
Cheetahs 10 6 0 4 29
Cardiff Blues 10 4 0 6 19
Connacht 10 3 0 7 18
Zebre 10 3 0 7 16
Ospreys 10 2 0 8 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 10 8 0 2 40
Leinster 10 8 0 2 37
Ulster 10 7 1 2 35
Edinburgh 10 6 0 4 28
Treviso 10 3 0 7 15
Dragons 10 2 1 7 13
Kings 10 0 0 10 4