Leinster back-row Jamie Heaslip admitted his side lost to the better side after their defeat to Connacht in Saturday's PRO12 Final.
After a superb first half, Connacht held a commanding 15-0 lead at half-time, and although Leinster fought back well in the second half, they held on to secure a memorable 20-10 victory.
Heaslip had special praise for Connacht's defensive effort.
"I don't think it got away from us, the better side won," he said.
"You can't detract from how they got their scores. They were the better team.
"They were going very well this season, they were the pacesetters for the season.
"They're a tough side to defend against, they punish you in all sorts of ways and they're a very good defensive side, they probably don't get the credit they deserve for their defence.
"There's not a whole lot for me to say, I personally thought they were favourites coming into it because of the way they played all year."