Heineken Cup: Joe Schmidt frustrated despite Leinster's bonus-point win

Last Updated: 13/01/13 8:14am

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Joe Schmidt: Felt his side could have scored more tries against the Scarlets

Joe Schmidt: Felt his side could have scored more tries against the Scarlets

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Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt admitted that he was slightly disappointed with his side despite their 33-14 win over the Scarlets in the Heineken Cup.

The defending champions had the bonus point secured by the 44th minute of the clash at the RDS, with Rob Kearney adding to first half-efforts from Cian Healy, Shane Jennings and Luke Fitzgerald.

Taking maximum points boosted Leinster's hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals but qualification could yet come down to the number of tries scored, with Schmidt feeling his side should have added more than Ian Madigan's fifth try in the final minute

"There already are (regrets). There are at least two more we should have got, one more where I felt there was good space and the ball was knocked down," Schmidt said.

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"There is frustration but the reality is we are where we are and this is what we can plan to do and try to execute it."

Clermont Auvergne cannot be caught at the top of Pool 5 but Leinster retain hope of qualifying as one of the two best runners-up, although a big win is needed against Exeter next weekend as well as some favourable results elsewhere.

Schmidt added: "Leicester and Toulouse are both ahead of us but they have got to play each other. They can nullify that a little bit. I have a lot of respect for (Montpellier coach) Fabien Galthie.

"He is a guy I have had a lot of chats with over the years, but I would like to see him beaten. It's dog-eat-dog at this stage of the competition really."

Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby praised his side for their consistent efforts in defence despite the fact they were well behind.

He said: "There was a huge amount of effort for little reward really. We made 150 tackles, but to be fair Leinster came out and started how we expected them to," said the former Ireland flanker.

"They obviously had to win the game and win it with a bonus point if they want to qualify for the quarter-finals. They didn't do too much that we didn't expect."

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