Monday, May 04, 2009
As the dust settles after another frantic weekend of rugby, we look back at the tries that made the difference between Leinster and Munster in the Heineken Cup semi final on Saturday.
A historic victory from the side that were seemingly the underdogs, Leinster went toe to toe with last years winners and scored three excellent tries on the day through Gordon Darcy, Luke Fitzgerald, and Brian O'Driscoll.
Leinster coach Michael Cheika was keeping his feet firmly on the ground when talking about the big win.
"I think we stayed composed at a lot of the right times. We didnt do very well in the lineout, really, but we were able to overcome that and get ball through other methods. We knew that. We knew wed be coming under pressure in that area so... wed some opportunities from other ball and I suppose, defensively, that was also a big part of trying to get some ball back as well, the defensive ruck.
"We decided that we wanted to play in a Heineken Cup final. We stayed composed today and we want to make sure we stay composed for the next few weeks and try to have a better performance.
"You can talk about this game in the future sometime but once you have the trophy they cant take that away from you. So weve just got to knuckle down over the next few weeks, understand where we are in the bigger pictures of things and just build towards that game because a lot of things can happen between now and then."
Leinster will meet Leicester in the final at Murrayfield on the 23rd of this month.