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Leo Cullen 'can't fault' players after Champions Cup defeat

Published 21/11/2015 | 18:54

Jonathan Sexton, Leinster
Jonathan Sexton, Leinster

Leinster boss Leo Cullen has backed his players following today's Champions Cup defeat to Bath but admitted it will now be "very tough" to qualify for the knockout stages.

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The Blues went down 19-16 to Bath as they slipped to back-to-back defeats.

"We’ve got four international props there so you know, it was a bad day at the office. Bath I think are one of the better scrums in Europe, so we knew it was going to be a tough challenge," Cullen told BT Sports after the match.

"We’ll dust ourselves off now again and we’ve got another game in the Pro12 on Friday against Ulster.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. European Rugby Champions Cup, Pool 5, Round 2, Bath v Leinster. The Recreation Ground, Bath, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. European Rugby Champions Cup, Pool 5, Round 2, Bath v Leinster. The Recreation Ground, Bath, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

"Ulster had a disappointing result last night as well, so I’m sure they’ll be coming to Dublin looking for a result. It’s back to the Pro12 for the next couple of weeks and then post that we can turn our attention to Toulon."

It's the three-times European Cup winners' worst start to a campaign for years, and Cullen knows that they now have it all to do if they are to progress.

"We just need to focus on our league and try and get a bit of consistency in our performances now. We will readdress Europe in a couple of weeks' time.

"It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be tough from here. That’s being realistic. It’s hard to say right now because of the fact that one of the games in the pool has already been called off so until you really know what points come out of that game, it’s going to be hard to say.

"As I said we just turn our attention to the league now and we’ll re-asses in a couple of weeks time. It’s an exciting challenge to go down to Toulon. We’ve only one point from two games, so it is going to be a huge challenge for sure."

Cullen refused to point the finger of blame at his team, littered with seasoned internationals.

"I thought the guys put in a lot of effort out there. I couldn’t fault them there at all," added Cullen. "A couple of time we got ourselves in good positions and just weren’t clinical enough, some of it a little bit of execution at times as well."

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