Leinster took eye off the ball

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:58
Large ianmadiganleinster

Leinster star Ian Madigan is worried that his side's home defeat to Northampton Saints could cost them a home quarterfinal.

Leinster star Ian Madigan is worried that his side's home defeat to Northampton Saints could cost them a home quarterfinal.

But Madigan still believes the three-time champions are still in charge of Pool One, a point they want to prove in their final two games in the new year against French champions Castres Olympique and PRO12 rivals the Ospreys.

"We are still in control of the group, but it is disappointing that we lost, especially at home. In the European Cup you want to end up at No 1 seeds and get the eighth team, especially as you know that's the easiest," Madigan told the Irish Independent.

"Unfortunately, we gave that up. But the target is still a home quarter-final and that's attainable. We have to be confident we can win in Castres - they'll be a passionate team down there."

Leinster head coach Mat O'Connor said the turn around in scorelines from the six try, 40-7 demolition job at Franklin's Gardens a week earlier to the 18-9 defeat in Dublin was down to inaccuracy and a lack of execution

"I don't think it was complacent - it was inaccurate. We didn't execute, we didn't look after the ball and we were our own worst enemy," said O'Connor.

"We took our eye off the ball a little bit. We need to make sure we build into rounds five and six really well."

"It was a pretty tough game of footie. They threw everything at us, they came to be as abrasive as they could, so if you're a little bit inaccurate under those conditions, you get found out.

"They're a good side, they're no mugs. They're a good team and we were second best - that's sport, isn't it? There's three or four opportunities where we could have scored in that final sequence, but we didn't.

"We need to win the next two - if we don't, you're in the lap of the gods. We need to make sure we get results against Castres away and Ospreys at home. And if we do that, we'll win the group and give ourselves the best chance."
 

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 21 April 2018
Crusaders v Sunwolves 07h35 Christchurch
Reds v Chiefs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Bulls v Rebels 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Leinster v Scarlets 14h30 Dublin
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Durban
Zebre v Ospreys 16h45 Parma
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 17h05 Kingspan Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 22 April 2018
Brumbies v Jaguares 06h05 Canberra
Racing Metro v Munster 14h15 Paris
Fri, 27 April 2018
Munster v Ulster 22h00 Thomond Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 22h00 Sixways
Wasps v Northampton Saints 22h00 Ricoh Arena
London Irish v Saracens 22h00 Madejski Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Bath 22h00 Kingsholm
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 22h00 Sandy Park
Kings v Cheetahs 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Treviso v Zebre 22h00 Stadio Monigo
Dragons v Scarlets 22h00 Rodney Parade
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Leinster 22h00 Sportsground
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
EUROPEAN CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 6 4 0 2 20
Wasps 6 3 0 3 17
Ulster 6 4 0 2 17
Harlequins 6 1 0 5 7
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 6 5 0 1 22
Saracens 6 3 1 2 18
Ospreys 6 2 1 3 15
Northampton Saints 6 1 0 5 6
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 6 6 0 0 27
Exeter Chiefs 6 3 0 3 15
Montpellier 6 2 0 4 13
Glasgow Warriors 6 1 0 5 7
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 6 4 1 1 21
Racing Metro 6 4 0 2 19
Castres 6 2 1 3 12
Leicester Tigers 6 1 0 5 7
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 6 4 0 2 21
Toulon 6 4 0 2 19
Bath 6 4 0 2 18
Treviso 6 0 0 5 4