Saturday 18 November 2017

Luke Fitzgerald "disappointed" after Leinster surrender 14-point half-time lead

24 January 2015; Joe Simpson, Wasps, has his kick blocked down by Devin Toner, Leinster. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Joe Simpson, Wasps, has his kick blocked down by Devin Toner, Leinster. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Rob Kearney, Leinster, is tackled by Edd Shervington, Wasps. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Eoin Reddan, Leinster, is tackled by Bradley Davies, Wasps. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Leinster's Jordi Murphy makes a break. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Fergus McFadden, Leinster, is tackled by Elliot Daly, Wasps. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; The pitch at the Ricoh Arena cuts up under the pressure of a scrum. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Jordi Murphy, Leinster, is tackled by Andy Goode, Wasps. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Devin Toner, Leinster, is tackled by Nathan Hughes, Wasps. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Fergus McFadden, Leinster, goes over for his side's first try. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Leinster supporters Lydia, left, and Erika Wright, originally from Bray, Co. Wicklow, but living in Northampton, at the game. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Leinster supporters Mark Braighwait, left, and Geoff O'Connor, from Kilkenny, at the game. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Leinster supporters Keith Lucas, left, and Cliffiord Neale, from Kilkenny College, Kilkenny, at the game. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Leinster supporters, from left, Cliffiord Neale, Mark Braighwait, Geoff O'Connor and Keith Lucas, all from Kilkenny College, Co. Kilkenny, at the game. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Leinster supporters, from left, Stephen Ryan, aged 11, from Killester, Josh Tilly, aged 12, from Killester, and Sam Owens, aged 11, from Clontarf, at the game. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Wasps' Nathan Hughes dives over for a try during the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Wasps' Nathan Hughes dives over for a try during the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Wasps' Andy Goode sinks to his knees after his drop kick in the dying seconds goes wide during the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Wasps' Andy Goode looks dejected after his drop kick in the dying seconds goes wide during the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Wasps' Andy Goode sinks to his knees after his drop kick in the dying seconds goes wide during the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Wasps' Andy Goode sinks to his knees after his drop kick in the dying seconds goes wide during the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Wasps' Christian Wade is tackled by Leinster's Jamie Heaslip during the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
24 January 2015; Leinster supporter Josh Tilly, aged 12, from Killester, Dublin, at the game. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Former Ireland and Leinster player, and current BT Sport analyst, Brian O'Driscoll. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Darragh Fanning, Leinster, is tackled by Christian Wade, Wasps. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Leinster's Jordi Murphy makes a break. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Rob Kearney, Leinster, is tackled by Christian Wade, Wasps. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Rob Kearney, Leinster, is tackled by Christian Wade, Wasps. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 January 2015; Grounds staff replace turf from the pitch during the game. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Leinster will have their fingers crossed that Montpellier can upset Toulouse tomorrow after they failed to guarantee themselves a home Champions Cup quarter-final against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.

In the end, Matt O'Connor's side were fortunate to secure a 20-20 draw as Andy Goode's late drop goal went wide of the post.

Man-of-the-match Luke Fitzgerald was not happy that the Blues couldn't hold on after first half tries from Fergus McFadden and Isaac Boss had put them 20-6 up at the break.

"We're a little disappointed because I felt we were in control at half time albeit with a man down for th next 10 minutes," he told BT Sport.

"Credit to Wasps , they came back and had a lot of possession, which was something we didn't want them to have because they have so many dangerous ball carriers.

"There are some disappointing aspect but at the end of the day, we're through which is great."

"They defended pretty poorly in the first half and gave a much better account of themselves in the second half and we probably didn't attack as well."

"We're in the knockout stages and that's where we wanted to be. You gotta be happy with that."

Fitzgerald believes that the returning Cian Healy and Sean O'Brien will give Leinster a massive boost for the knockout stages regardless of where the game is held.

"We're happy to be in the last eight and we may be short of a home quarter-final, we will see what happens," he added.

"We have a lot of players coming back from injury who will help us and things will be pretty good. Every match will be like a final for us. A lot of teams will be disappointed to get us at home if that pans out. We've a lot of good feeling looking forward."

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