Leo Cullen urges Leinster to ‘bottle up’ pain of Saracens defeats
Irish interest in the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup was duly extinguished in front of a noisy 5,000 fans in the Stade Ernest-Wallon yesterday, where Toulouse’s 36-8 quarter-final win over Ulster ensured both semi-finals will be Anglo-French affairs.
Racing 92 will host Saracens at 2pm local time (1pm Irish time) in La Défense Arena next Saturday, before Exeter subsequently host Toulouse at 3.15pm in Sandy Park following their quarter-final win over Northampton yesterday.
The first of those games will be on terrestrial television, albeit it’s a less appealing watch for Leinster supporters after Saturday’s 25-17 defeat by Saracens at an empty Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
The records will show Leinster had their most proficient win-loss campaign, 23-1, yet almost cruelly they will now deem it something of a failure.
“It’s certainly an anti-climax,” said Leo Cullen, whatever about it being cruel. “Everyone in the dressingroom is gutted. They’re gutted because they know there’s more in them. That’s just what we need to focus on. It’s about bottling up the pain of these defeats.”
“We’ve lost to Saracens in a final, now we’ve lost to Saracens in a quarter-final and, yes, we’ve done lots of good things over the course of this season. The only positive of when you get knocked out of a game in the last game of the season, usually you have to wait three or four months before you turn the page but we’ve a game now in 13 ...
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