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O'Connor: Leinster weren't clinical
22 Sep 2014 16:04
A lack of clinical nature has been attributed to Leinster’s defeat to Connacht by the Dublin-based team’s head coach Matt O’Connor.
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The Blue Magic were distinctly lacking in any sort of imagination or creativity as they limped to a 10-9 defeat in Galway, and O’Connor had few excuses for his side’s disappointing showing.
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He said: “We knew what we were going to get from the two fixtures last year. But we were just a little bit more clinical then and more accurate and dragged it out at the death, which we didn’t manage to do tonight.
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“We had a couple of chances we didn’t take, which are always going to be at a premium down here.”
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O’Connor was also critical of his side’s inability to attain a higher half-time lead, with a 9-3 margin, playing into the breeze, proving insufficient come the end game.
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He said: “Definitely. It’s probably a nine-point breeze at least playing down the hill and we played pretty well in the first half and they went down a man and we didn’t capitalise. That was probably the turning point really.
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“There was a couple of scoring chances there for us if we were good enough, unfortunately tonight we weren’t.”
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O’Connor, laconic in defeat, also made no bones of the fact his side side simply did not meet the required standards to record victory in the Pro12.
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“The reality of the league is that you’ve got to be at your best every week and tonight we weren’t,” he said.
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“It’s a derby. It’s Connacht-Leinster. It was always going to be tough. They’ve been playing very good rugby so far this year. We had to be better than we were last week and unfortunately we weren’t.”
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Twitter: @TPeavoy
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