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Scarlets coach Simon Easterby unhappy after Heineken Cup defeat by Leinster

Last Updated: 20/10/12 5:41pm

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Scarlets coach Simon Easterby was left to rue a series of errors from his side as they fell 20-13 at home to Leinster in the Heineken Cup.

Defeat at Parc y Scarlets leaves the Welshmen in serious danger of an early exit from the competition, added to their reverse at the hands of Clermont in the first set of games.

Easterby said: "It was difficult to take. Ultimately there was a lot of error count in our game and when you play a team like Leinster you have got to make sure your error count is low and you get a lot right in your game.

"In the first half they won the battle of the breakdown definitely. We had a chat about that at half-time and we knew going into the game the way Greg Garner referees.

"He doesn't give many tackles for the attacker assist releasing. So we hold our hands up there and we got that badly wrong. But no excuse - we got what we deserved in the first half."

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt was understandably much happier, adding: "We performed really well and really love to put a really good performance together.

"We did put in a really good defensive performance together and to contain the sort of armoury the Scarlets can throw at you - we were delighted to keep them scoreless for so long.

"They had some really good moments of pressure but we managed to keep them off the line. Fair play to the Scarlets they gave nothing up. They kept working really hard in attack and they got their just reward in the end. They came within four points and it was game on."

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