Now Schmidt targets the double

Sat, 18 May 2013 12:24
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We still have one game to play

Now for the elusive double - that was the defiant message from Joe Schmidt after they had lifted the third European title of his reign.

But while their have been two European Cup titles and now an Challenge Cup crown for good measure, domestic honours have so far eluded Leinster during Schmidt's time.

He shortly heads for the Irish national coaching job following the Pro12 title showdown with Ulster next weekend..

"We still have one game to play and we will do our best next Saturday - because there is something that has eluded us in recent seasons," he said.

"We have won European titles but lost league finals and not been able to double up.

"This is a trophy we have wanted and for 20 odd hours we will hold both European trophies and that is special.

"We have won three titles in three years and if you had said that to me at the start of the season I would have taken it with both hands.

"Maybe at times they lacked precision and maybe that helped with the win but I have massive pride in the young guns coming through.

"Even for those have been there and done that the young boys are pushing them really hard and that is great for the future.

"I have been afforded accolades that perhaps should have been directed elsewhere - like out coaching staff - and I do not think I will be missed that much."

Captain on the night Jamie Massive, who insisted that departing players Jonny Sexton and Isa Nacewa were the ones to accept the trophy - added: "It was a massive squad effort - and I think scoreline flattered us at times.

"But to lead this group of players in this final was a really special moment and those two guys epitomise what we stand for so it was fitting for them to lift the trophy."