Leinster still playing to win

Date published: January 12 2016

Following Leinster's failed European campaign, the emphasis is now firmly on producing a successful PRO12 season.

However, that does not mean that they will not try and put in their best performance when they play against Bath at the RDS Arena on Saturday. The reality for Leinster at this point is that they are fourth in the Pool 5 standings, having failed to record a single victory this season.

The PRO12 campaign has been quite different though, as the Irish province currently occupies second position in the standings, with a game in hand too. The fixture against Bath will provide a decent opportunity for the Leinster squad to build confidence and prepare for the final stretch of the Pro12 season.

Speaking to the42.ie, prop Tadhg Furlong said: "We're out of Europe, we can't look into the past, we have a game this weekend and we're still very much alive and kicking in the Pro12."

"It's disappointing but that's where we are and we can't do anything about it now," said Furling of the failed European campaign. 

"There's personal pride on the line now too. Nobody goes out to lose a game so we're very much looking forward to this weekend and the challenge ahead," said Furlong ahead of the match against Bath rugby on Saturday.

"Lads are playing for selection going forward, we're playing in-front of a home crowd in the RDS which is the last one of the group, looking to give the fans something to cheer about," he said.

"The training has been good throughout, Leo is doing a really good job and everyone is enjoying it. It's a really enjoyable place to be around and lads are working hard off the field to getting the results on it.

"It's very enjoyable playing rugby for Leinster at the minute. We were very close to winning the home and away Toulon games but small margins cost us. We've been building, building, building since and if we get a win this Saturday it will be a big boost."