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Joe Schmidt gutted after PRO12 final defeat

Updated: Sunday, 27 May 2012 20:38

Joe Schmidt pointed to fatigue as a key reason for Leinster's defeat to Ospreys
Joe Schmidt pointed to fatigue as a key reason for Leinster's defeat to Ospreys

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt was understandably disappointed by the manner of his team’s defeat to Ospreys in the RaboDirect PRO12 final which came just eight days after they retained the Heineken Cup.

Yellow cards for Heinke van der Merwe and Nathan White, along with an early injury to fellow prop Mike Ross, hampered the Irish province as they fell to their third successive league final defeat.

"I am pretty gutted obviously. We knew that it was going to be tough and we had to be in front in the back half of the game," said Schmidt.

"There was going to be a little bit of fatigue, and I think you get more fatigue when you are down to 14 men twice in the half.

"That means you have to overwork a little bit. We fell off a couple of tight tackles and maybe just didn't have things bounce our way.

"I thought it was a superb kick by Dan Biggar from the edge and it was pretty much the same thing he did to us last time to get a one-point win (here back in March)."