Gloucester coach George Skivington readily acknowledged Leinster’s high quality and standing within the prime tier of European rugby. His workforce misplaced 49-14 Heineken Champions Cup defeat. Leinster progressed to the spherical of 16 of the event and secured their third consecutive bonus level with seven tries as Gloucester suffered a file residence loss within the top-flight European competitors.
“I’ve by no means seen such a risk of an assault. Velocity and accuracy undoubtedly caught us,” stated Skivington, after Gloucester’s second defeat to Leinster within the final 4 weeks. “They scored three tries within the first leg – that they had us in every single place a few occasions.
“We all know how scientific Leinster’s video games are, it is very completely different to place them in entrance of you and have three guys hit nice traces. There are good learnings for us as a workforce. Should you’re that correct and you are able to do it that quick, you are going to blow individuals away.
“We have been superb defensively this 12 months, nevertheless it was a step. Regardless of one or two penalty makes an attempt, we couldn’t get a place within the sport. There have been some good issues – it wasn’t a whole horror present. The rating would not look nice with out watching the sport, however there have been some good moments in there.”
4-time European champions Leinster have been by no means critically threatened at Kingsholm as they adopted up one other complete success with a 57-0 win over Gloucester earlier than Christmas.
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The Irish heavyweights earned a bonus level on the break with a winger Jordan Larmourprop Michael Ala’alatoa, heart Jamie Osborne and Caelan Doris, quantity eight. Half fly Ross Byrne He transformed all 4 factors and though Gloucester claimed two penalty tries from knockdowns, it was injury limitation from an early stage.
Leinster full again Hugo Keenan Firstly of the second half Byrne crossed for a attempt which was once more transformed, then Josh van der Flier on the wing and whore Ronan Kelleher touched down with substitute Harry Byrne add two conversions.
With eight groups drawn from every of the 2 swimming pools, Gloucester can attain the knockout phases of the Champions Cup in the event that they beat Bordeaux-Beagles in France subsequent weekend. Skivington added: “We’re nonetheless in place (to qualify) and we are going to put together for Bordeaux. I am enthusiastic about it, however we’ve to begin higher than at the moment.”
For Leinster, it is already mission achieved by way of progressing from their group, and a record-equalling fifth European title is definitely not past them on present kind. Head coach Leo Cullen stated: “It was a contented win. There was a great selection in our efficiency. Gloucester had their moments within the sport and so they did not make life straightforward for us, so there’s rather a lot we will enhance on, nevertheless it was a great day for us.”
Cullen additionally praised 21-year-old heart Osborne, who deservedly claimed the person of the match award. “He is getting higher on a regular basis,” Cullen stated. “He is nonetheless extremely younger and you may see his pure potential. He had actually nice moments within the sport.”