Leo Cullen admitted Leinster "got lucky" to get past the Scarlets on Friday night but said his side are in a good place as they prepare to put the feet up and watch the Six Nations. 

Tries from James Lowe and Barry Daly in the final quarter ultimately gave the Conference B leaders enough breathing space at the RDS to edge a 22-17 victory but it was far from vintage performance.

The likes of Rob Kearney, James Lowe and Jack McGrath brought plenty of experience to the table but there were a lot of young faces involved too, and Cullen accepted it was a patchy showing from his team.

"It was a very tricky game for us - a five-day turnaround, a lot of young lads coming into the team, a lot of inexperience," he told RTÉ Sport's Damien O'Meara.

"I think they'll be better for having got through it. We certainly rode our luck at times and we're pretty fortunate to come away with a win. We got lucky on a few occasions.

"They've a lot of very good players, they're very dangerous, a lot of threats across their team. They came back strong. We feel a bit fortunate with that result but it will be a positive experience for our guys if they learn from some of the parts of the game that didn't go particularly well."

Cullen wasn't too hard on his rising batch of talent. He expects them to take time to even out the rough edges and will give them space to develop.  

The province don;t play again until 16 February, when they travel to Zebre in the Pro14. It is, says the head coach, a welcome breather.

"We've two break weekends now so we've a bit of time to reflect on the block.

"We're going to have to be patient with some of the players' development. It's a very young group at the moment and it takes a bit of time.

"We're pleased with how we've gone. There's lots of positives. We just need to knuckle down now and focus on some things that we know could potentially cause us some trouble down the line when it comes to the big games.

"We'll enjoy watching the Six Nations. Last year we didn't have this game - this game was in the middle of the Six Nations block, so it's going to free us up to watch those first two games and enjoy them!  

"Getting a little bit of time away from each other will be healthy. We've been living in each other's pockets for the last while. A little bit of a break will be good for all of us."