Press Notes - Thursday 18 October

Date: 18 Oct 2018

Press Conference Notes

Dai Young spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Bath Rugby at Ricoh Arena (kick-off 3.15pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Leinster reaction

  • For big parts of the game our defence was as good as it’s been in the last few seasons but we couldn’t sustain the pressure for 80 minutes.
  • The last 20 minutes were disappointing but I can understand why as you’re always going to run out of juice when defending for such a long period of time.
  • We turned the ball over too much and gave them too many opportunities and you can’t afford to do that against a side of Leinster’s quality.
  • The first 40 minutes they had all the ball and our physicality and work-rate was as good as I’ve seen but you’ve got to do that for the full 80.
  • We highlighted the positives but it was unacceptable to lose by such a margin and we’ve highlighted why it happened.
  • We had a number of opportunities we didn’t take. We had the ball but didn’t keep it.
  • We need to be better, we need to gain momentum and fire shots before we can expand.
  • After that result we hurt for the fans, the owner and everyone involved with the Club. If the players weren’t hurting, I’d be annoyed. I want them to carry that hurt into this weekend and ensure we play like we can.

Bath preview

  • They have a good scrum which will be a big challenge.
  • Their wings are playing well. They have Jamie Roberts in the centre who gives them go-forward and a back row who cause plenty of problems at the breakdown.
  • We have got to get ball in hand, hold possession and fire shots.
  • If we play like we know we can, we can get the result.
  • It is a big challenge for us, as it is for them.

Heineken Champions Cup

  • This competition doesn’t change. You have to win home games and if you don’t, you put yourselves under pressure to get results away from home.

Injury/selection news

  • Nathan Hughes is suspended till November 20.
  • Simon McIntyre is back in training.
  • Jake Cooper-Woolley is not far off a return.