Schmidt: Leinster hit top gear against the Warriors

Guinness PRO12 Editor

21 Nov 2011

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt admitted it was a case of once bitten, twice shy as they overwhelmed Glasgow Warriors 38-13 in the Heineken Cup on Sunday.


Glasgow Warriors brought Leinster’s long unbeaten record at the RDS to an end with a shock 23-19 victory in the RaboDirect PRO12 back in September.

But with Leinster able to field a near full-strength side there was never any chance of lightning striking twice as they romped to a bonus-point within the first half.

That allowed Schmidt to be able to take off some of his big guns in the second as tries from Eoin O’Malley, twice, Rob Kearney and Gordon D’Arcy did the damage.

An Isaac Boss try rounded off the scoring in a slightly disjointed second-half performance following the substitutions but Schmidt was delighted with the manner of his side’s display in the opening 40 minutes.  

"You don't tend to get anything easy with Glasgow, but it was certainly a relief to get through the way we did,” he said. “We had to build some pretty combative phases to get over and we were just delighted to get the space on the scoreboard that took a bit of pressure off in the second half."

"The first 40 minutes was probably the best 40 we have put together. I thought we built the momentum really well and stayed really focused on the job in hand.

"Eoin (O'Malley) profited twice from that and we managed to get two others to get that bonus point which can be so important in these pools that are so competitive."

"In the second half the breakdown became a lot more muddled and there were a lot of bodies on the ground.

"It was pretty messy and we didn't get the pace or continuity. We missed a couple of set pieces that worked well for us in the first half and we never got that continuity that we had in the first half.”