‘Previous Ulster result not an issue’ – Heaslip

Date published: May 17 2016

Leinster number eight Jamie Heaslip doesn't believe their previous result against Ulster will have a bearing on the teams' play-off clash on Friday.

The two teams go head-to-head at the RDS, in this year's first semi-final, and although Ulster claimed a 30-6 over Leinster at Kingspan Stadium on April 30, it will not influence the way Heaslip prepares for this weekend's encounter.

“I’ve lost track of how many games I’ve played,” he told The42.ie.

“Won some, lost some, but the trick is just to get back up on the horse and go again.

“If you linger on anything too long, it’s not healthy, not good for you and you’re always looking over your shoulder. And in a rugby game it’s not good to be looking over your shoulder. 

"That challenge is coming straight on.”

Despite that attitude to his preparation for the big clash, Heaslip is not underestimating his opponents.

“They’ve got the second best defence in the competition (behind Leinster), third highest in try-scoring (behind Glasgow and Cardiff) – so that’s two pretty potent stats to have," added the 32-year-old.

“They earn a lot of respect, they deserve a lot of respect, we’ll pay them that. But at the end of the day we have to focus on ourselves a little bit, focus on what we have to do, focus on our job, our task, moment-by-moment and we’ll see where the outcome is after that.”