Cullen: ‘It’s difficult to qualify now’

Date published: November 22 2015

Leinster boss Leo Cullen has admitted that the province's chances of making the last eight in the Champions Cup are slim.

Despite an improved performance Leinster fell short away at Bath, six days on from suffering a record European defeat at home to Wasps.

Next up in December for the three-time champions is a double header against holders Toulon, with four wins now required for Leinster to be in any kind of contention for the quarter-finals.

Cullen stated that his side have to execute better, whilst admitting they suffered at the scrum. 

"We know it is going to be difficult to qualify from here and it's hard to say right now if we can still go through because one of the games has been postponed," Cullen told the EPC Rugby website.

"We don't know what points those teams will get and we will reassess where we are in a couple of weeks time.

"We need to get some consistency back in our game before we get into the back-to-back games against RC Toulon next month. Stade Felix Mayol is a difficult place to have to go, but it is also an exciting prospect going there.

"There was a lot of effort out there, but we weren't clinical enough in our execution. We gave away a lot of penalties and points at the scrum and that's probably what gave them the game.

"We have four international props, but it was a bad day at the office for them although Bath have one of the best scrums in Europe

"It would have been easy for us to have folded after that penalty try, but we came back into it when Josh scored and I thought we looked the stronger team in the last 10 minutes. Credit to Bath, they ran back our penalty miss and came back into it.

"We will dust ourselves off and get back into the PRO12. We have Ulster coming to Dublin on Friday and they will be looking for a win after what happened to them against Saracens."