Sexton admits draw would have been fair

Date published: April 3 2016

Leinster fly-half Jonathan Sexton believed that a draw would have been a fair result for both sides after the win over Munster.

Sexton scored all of Leinster's points in Saturday's 16-13 win but it was his final penalty in the 63rd minute which ultimately decided the outcome at the Aviva Stadium.

Munster opted to try and go for the win by chasing a try in the closing stages but were unable to cross the line, as Leinster's defence held out.

“When you’re on your line with one minute to go, they score a try and win, you feel like you got away with it,” Sexton told reporters.

“A draw probably would have been a fair reflection of the game really and I think they would have taken the three, they probably just felt they needed a win in terms of their league position and to get into the top four.

“You can see where they were coming from, but if they had taken the three it probably would have been a fair result.”

For Leinster, now top of the table based on more wins after Connacht's loss to Ulster, Sexton was happy to see the 2014 champions respond to a lacklustre showing against Connacht the week beforehand.

Sexton added: “To do it today was obviously a step forward and there’s plenty of stuff to work on, it wasn’t perfect. We need to improve going forward if we want to win this league, but the most important thing against Munster is that you show up physically.

“I thought we did that and everyone was throwing their bodies on the line.”