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Schmidt unhappy with wasted chances

The Leinster coach says he wants his side to be more accurate after Sunday’s Heineken Cup win.

Leinster's Kevin McLaughlin wins a lineout yesterday.
Leinster's Kevin McLaughlin wins a lineout yesterday.
Image: INPHO/Billy Stickland

LEINSTER MAY BE favourites to reach the last eight of the Heineken Cup after their 13-18 win away to Bath but coach Joe Schmidt is upset at the amount of scoring chances his side wasted yesterday.

The reigning European champions sealed a narrow five-point victory at the Rec thanks to the boot of Jonathan Sexton – who kicked six penalties – but Schmidt is concerned that they failed to score a single try despite having at least three clear opportunities to go over.

“The frustration was that we couldn’t get the ball over their line,” he said in the post-match interview.  “We appeared to have a couple of gilt-edged chances.

“We want to be a lot more accurate to make sure we finish opportunities that we create, but I am delighted with the result.

“Against a quality team it’s hard to create opportunities, and the last thing you want to do is butcher them like we did today. We almost suffocated ourselves at times.”

Schmidt will be satisfied with the composure showed by Sexton but he is clearly eager for his team to be more clinical starting this Saturday when Bath travel to Lansdowne Road with only a slim hope of progressing from Pool 3.

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