Heaslip relieved after victory

Date published: October 20 2014

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Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip was relieved after his side fought back to beat Wasps in a Champions Cup match at the RDS on Sunday.

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip was relieved after his side fought back to beat Wasps in a European Champions Cup match at the RDS on Sunday.

Wasps raced into a 20-8 lead during the first half but Leinster – who played without several injured players – took control of proceedings after the break before securing a 25-20 victory.

“All credit to Wasps, they punished us for any mistakes we made and took their chances well,” said Heaslip who won the man-of-the-match award.

“We certainly had our work cut out for us.

“At half-time we knew a lot of our own mistakes had killed us, but our defence was good when we stuck to our system.

“I thought we worked our scores well and it was a huge effort from backs and forwards. There is still a lot to work on and we have another big game to come next weekend in France.”

Leinster boss Matt O’Connor was happy with the result but feels there is plenty to work on ahead of this weekend’s away clash with Castres.

“We gave them 14 points and they were two soft tries,” he said.

“But we wore them down in the end and when we got quick ball we looked pretty good.

“I thought it was a pretty good effort and the bench gave us lift in the end. There are a handful of players who aren’t far away from returning and, if they are right, we’ll put them in.”

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