By Padraic Ryan
Leinster “didn’t really fire a shot” in their Heineken Cup quarter-final loss to Toulon, according to Bernard Jackman.
Speaking to RTÉ’s Sunday Sport, Jackman said the quarter-final was “the most impressive performance I’ve seen from Toulon this season.”
The Grenoble coach and former Leinster hooker said that there were seven or eight Toulon players who dominated the game, “and, I struggle to think of one Leinster player who [...] would’ve said that he got a nine out of ten, or a ten out ten today.
“And you can’t afford that in a quarter-final away from home in the Heineken Cup.”
"“Attacking-wise, [Leinster] just didn’t seem to have it" - Bernard Jackman
Jackman said Leinster would reflect on their loss to Northampton in round four of the group stages, which ultimately cost them a home quarter-final.
“It was their own downfall that they did that,” he said.
Jackman said that Leinster had lost their shape after three or four phases in their quarter-final.
“They looked very predictable”, he said, and ended up “just running at” Toulon.
“Whether it was [that] the players weren’t able to implement the game-plan, or the game-plan wasn’t intricate enough, they’ll certainly be disappointed with how they didn’t really challenge Toulon,” he added.
“Attacking-wise, which was Leinster’s forte, I suppose, particularly in 2011 and 2012, they just didn’t seem to have it.”
Looking ahead to Munster’s semi-final against Toulon on 27 April, Jackman said it was going to be hard, but that Munster would get confidence from their convincing win over Toulouse.
Overall, he tipped Toulon to win the competition.