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Leinster coach O’Connor knows there is work to do ahead of Grand Final

Leinster's Ian Madigan celebrates scoring the match winning try against Ulster

Leinster's Ian Madigan celebrates scoring the match winning try against Ulster

Coach Matt O’Connor felt there were several key elements to Leinster victory over Ulster in the Pro12 semi final at the RDS.

The defending champions trailed 9-0 but rallied to win the game with an Ian Madigan try eight minutes from full time.

“Once we got a foothold in the second-half, we were comfortable with what we were going to do, the bench were big,” said O’Connor.

“We were pretty comfortable, we spoke about defence a lot this week and the intent to go forward and stop Ulster was pretty, they didn’t really look like scoring, they had a couple of chances but our defence was very, very good.”

“It was tough, you can’t afford at 9-0 down to let them get another score, when we got the penalty, played the game on our terms a bit more, it was a little bit easier to watch.”

Leinster had the upper hand at the scrum.

“Ulster were missing a few boys there, we thought we could get our teeth into it, we probably didn’t get the rewards we should have done for most of the time.”

“We were very dominant there and the referee didn’t really deal with it like he could have.”

O’Connor was disappointed with some of referee Leighton Hodges other calls during the game.

“There were marginal calls that really hurt us, two or three of the not straight lineouts were a tough standard to police.”

“We didn’t get too much love at the breakdown in the early part of the game, are Ulster that accurate and disciplined at the lineout, I would beg to differ.”

“Ruan Pienaar was playing with really quick ball with nobody at the back of the tackle while Eoin Reddan needed a shovel to get the ball out most of the game.”

O’Connor knows Leinster will have to lift their game to beat Glasgow in the final.

“Glasgow are a good side, they’re the form side in the competition to be fair, certainly since Christmas they’ve been very good.”

“They’ve a good squad, they have a lot of big game experience in that squad and we’re going to need to be very good to get the result that we need.They are physical, very, very good in holding it, they leak very little, they make you work for every point.”

 

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