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Joe Schmidt targeting trophy double

Updated: Saturday, 18 May 2013 10:16 | Comments

Leinster coaches Jono Gibbes, Greg Feek, Joe Schmidt and Richie Murphy celebrate with the Amlin Challenge Cup
Leinster coaches Jono Gibbes, Greg Feek, Joe Schmidt and Richie Murphy celebrate with the Amlin Challenge Cup

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt set his sights on a trophy double after watching his side win the Amlin Challenge Cup with a 34-13 destruction of Stade Francais.

Schmidt's final game in charge of Leinster before he takes over as Ireland coach will be in next Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 final against Ulster.

"We have one match to play so no matter what happens tonight we have to turn around and try and do our best next Saturday," said Schmidt.

"I am a reasonably simple person, I just want to focus on next Saturday now. It is something that has eluded us in the last two seasons, we have won Europe and lost the Celtic League.

"To win the PRO12 would be massive. We will be looking to double up if we can."

"To win the PRO12 would be massive. We will be looking to double up if we can" - Joe Schmidt

Leinster raced into a commanding 21-6 half-time lead against Stade with tries from Ian Madigan, Sean Cronin and Rob Kearney.

Cian Healy came off the bench to score the fourth while Jonathan Sexton, who leaves for Racing Metro in the summer, kicked 14 points and was named man of the match.

Heineken Cup winners in three of the last four years, Leinster had dropped into the second-tier competition after finishing behind Clermont in their pool.

But Schmidt insisted winning the Challenge Cup at the RDS Arena more than made up for that disappointment.

"It's a trophy we have wanted for the last two months," said Schmidt.

"This is our third European trophy in three years and if you had said that at the start of the season I would have taken it with both hands."

Jamie Heaslip captained Leinster to victory but he handed the trophy-lifting honours to Sexton and the retiring wing Isa Nacewa.

"It was a no-brainer to be honest," Heaslip said.

"Those two guys had such an influence on the game and such an influence on the squad."

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