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Leo Cullen thanks Leinster fans for braving the elements to support the team

The Leinster head coach also praised his side as they accounted for Connacht in today’s inter-pro clash.

A Leinster fan shelters from the rain.
A Leinster fan shelters from the rain.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

LEINSTER COACH LEO Cullen praised the way they carved out their sixth win on the spin in the Pro12 when they saw off Connacht in dreadful conditions at the RDS.

The hosts only led 3-0 at the break having played with the wind and rain and Cullen was pleased with the composure they showed to wrap up the win.

“It was definitely a bit of a mountain to climb in that second-half. We had to control the ball well in the second period because it was difficult conditions out there,” he said afterwards.

“It was very, very hard to play for both teams but we are obviously delighted to come away with the win and to keep Connacht scoreless as well.”

He said his men had put their Champions Cup disappointment behind them and were producing the performances and results in the Pro12.

They are now just a point off leaders Scarlets with a game in hand.

Dave Kearney and Johnny Sexton celebrate Dave Kearney and Johnny Sexton celebrate at full-time. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

“The guys are working hard. Looking back at those two Toulon games there were a lot of really, really good things in those games, even the one we lost away in Bath, again it was there for us.

“We felt just didn’t quite get the rewards but the guys are working hard and it’s a nice and competitive squad at the moment.

“Again we will reassess, it’s another pleasing result after we have had to put up with a couple of disappointing results.

“And a great crowd out here today in pretty horrendous conditions. So I would just like to thank all of the supporters that did come out to support here today, because it means a huge amount to us,” added Cullen.

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