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Schmidt reiterates that it is team success that matters most

Guinness PRO12 Editor

9 May 2012

Joe Schmidt insists personal glories count for nothing at this stage of the season as Leinster bid to book a second final appearance of the season this weekend.

Schmidt’s troops have already secured a trip to Twickenham on May 19 for the Heineken Cup final, where they will bid to defend their title against Ulster.

Before then they have the small matter of a RaboDirect PRO12 play-off with Glasgow with the winners going on to face either Munster or Ospreys in the final.

Schmidt was named Coach of the Year at the RaboDirect PRO12 awards with Jonathan Sexton winning the Rhino Golden Boot at the same prize giving.

However he insists such accolades pale into insignificance compared to team success with Schmidt determined to enjoy the last three weekends of the season.

“These trophies don’t mean nearly as much as the team’s performance, which we are all driven to deliver,” Schmidt told ercrugby.com.

“It’s all about the collective and, hopefully, there can be a successful couple of weeks ahead for us. We would love to win both competitions, but we are existing from week to week.

“We haven’t made any ambitious statements other than hoping to be in front on the scoreboard against Glasgow on Saturday. Once we’ve got that out of the way we will look ahead to the Heineken Cup final.”