Leinster want to double up

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 07:49
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Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has asked his players to "bring the same intensity" in their return fixture against Northampton Saints next week.

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has asked his players to "bring the same intensity" in their return fixture against Northampton Saints next week.

The Irish side notched a runaway victory at Franklin's Gardens, an O'Connor has now turned his attention to the upcoming clash against the same side at the Aviva Stadium.

Not content with a six try, 40-7 demolition of one of the top sides in Europe, O'Connor wants his Leinster players to carry on the onslaught and make it four wins out of four to make up for last season's surprise failure to reach the European Cup quarterfinals.

"You would never expect to come to Northampton and get a result like that. The way we played in the first 20 minutes was very, very good and they couldn't live with the tempo at that point," said O'Connor.

"That performance with the ball has been coming for a couple of weeks and the players need to enjoy it. We knew it was there and we have worked really hard. We knew that with a bit more time in the saddle that performance was just around the corner.

"They clawed their way into it a bit, but we were very, very good in those opening 20 minutes. We spoke about it earlier in the week that the Saints always like to start big, make a statement early on and get some dominance. But some of the execution in the first 20 minutes was outstanding."

Leinster, who had beaten Saints in the 2011 European Cup final at the Millennium Stadium, played so well they scored their opening try within two minutes of the start, had bagged a bonus point in 36 minutes and led 26-0 at the break. Not only that, they scored first in the second half as well.

"We were pretty comfortable with what we had done in the first half, but we didn't want to let ourselves down, let them back into it in the second half and turn it into an arm wrestle. We probably left a few tries out there, which isn't a bad thing ahead of next week," said O'Connor.

"That's half the job done and we have to ensure we bring the same intensity next week. That's a quality performance against a very good side, but we don't want to get lost in it - its cup rugby and every game and every point matters."

Having coached at Leicester Tigers before heading to Dublin, O'Connor knows more than most what it takes to win at Franklin's Gardens. He also now knows how much the European Cup means to teams like Leinster.

"It's a real shame if it isn't in the same format next season. If we can put some of the egos aside, and look at what's in the best interests of the game, then we should be able to put it back together," he added.
 

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Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
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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
Fri, 22 December 2017
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Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Leicester Tigers v Saracens 22h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
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Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 52 | 24
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
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
EUROPEAN CUP
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 4 2 0 2 13
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 4 0 0 4 2
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3