Munster defeat angers Heaslip

Date published: October 10 2014

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Speaking candidly about last week’s Pro12 defeat in Dublin, Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip admits the loss ate away at him.

Speaking candidly about last week’s Pro12 defeat in Dublin, Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip admits the loss ate away at him.

Munster triumphed in the Irish capital for the first time since 2008 in a surprise loss for the Pro12 champions.

Leinster have won only two of their first five matches this season, trailing far behind Glasgow Warriors and the Ospreys who both have perfect records.

A culmination of Leinster’s performance, losing at home and the choice of opponent all combined to leave Heaslip up at 5am the next morning walking his dog, still spitting over the loss.

“It wasn’t easy. I don’t like losing, full-stop,” said Heaslip.

“Losing at home – we pride ourselves on being strong home and away and especially at home – and then to top it off losing to Munster, I hate for several different reasons.

“I felt emotionally drained sitting in the changing room, I don’t know how long it took me to even take off my jersey.

“In my stubbornness I still thought we were going to pull it off but it was too little, too late. But you’ve got to wear it – it’s as simple as that.

“I was walking the dog at five in the morning, thinking about the game, because I couldn’t sleep. It eats at you. If you play a good game but you get out-performed you would walk away and think ‘fair enough’.

“You did what you did, but you didn’t get the outcome – but we didn’t play to the standard we have set ourselves and we hold ourselves accountable for it.

“That just simply won’t be good enough this week against Zebre if we’re like that and it won’t be good enough going forward so we have got to rectify that.”

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