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Schmidt sweats on injuries for Pro12 final

LEINSTER coach Joe Schmidt could not totally embrace the Amlin Challenge Cup final triumph because he has another final right in front of him in the form of the PRO12 League against Ulster next Saturday.

"It is a trophy (the Amlin) we've wanted for the last two months," said Schmidt.

"You can't always get what you want and sometimes you're going to get second best. It is not a bad second best.

"It's a third European trophy in three seasons. If you said that to me at the start of the season, I would have grabbed it with both hands."

Number one-ranked Ulster will come to Dublin with all the confidence from two wins over Leinster this season behind them.

And there is collateral damage.

Brian O'Driscoll is likely, but not certain, to recover from his lower back problem and Gordon D'Arcy's torn calf means he will play no more this season.

 

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Schmidt is also expecting news on three other Blues in the next 48 hours.

Fergus McFadden's heavy blow to the head sent a shooting pain down his neck. He was treated with due care and stretchered off as a precaution on Friday night.

Hooker Richardt Strauss encountered blurring from a bang on the eye which hindered his throwing against Stade Francais.

And flanker Sean O'Brien (pictured) felt what he called "a dart" from a knee-on-knee collision which forced him to limp away from the game.

"We have one match to play. We have to turn around and try to play our best next Saturday," said Schmidt. "It is something that has eluded us in the last two seasons when we've won Europe and lost the Celtic league. We'll be looking to try to double-up if we can."


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