“We’re not quite where we want to be” – Leo Cullen challenges Leinster to get better after Connacht wins – archyde

Most coaches would be pretty happy with a win in seven tries against their neighbors, but the standards at Leinster are so high that Leo Cullen demands more.

Europe beckons, Bath arrives at Aviva next week and after last week’s loss to Ulster, the United Rugby Championship coach says his team is still behind where it belongs at this stage of the season.

And that despite the fact that his team overcame a slow start to blow Connacht away at the RDS and score a 47:19 win.

“I’m happy about a win. A good win for us, a bonus point and a great crowd there too, which changed the whole atmosphere on the pitch, ”he said.

“We looked a little rough, a couple of easy mistakes. The guys try hard at the beginning, but we probably lack a bit of cohesion, you can say that.

“We’re not quite where we’d like to be at the moment, but we’ve had a lot of changes in the past few weeks, so maybe with the brief turnaround in terms of prep, that’s to be expected.

“The boys came in after November tonight, had a week off, then this week was a short week to regain that sense of togetherness and togetherness.

“And Connacht made us pay too. They pinned us back down here in this corner and they’re a hell of a good offensive team as we’ve really seen over the course of this season, they’ve tried a lot and they got in. ” today three.

“We got a little better control during half-time, a really well-rehearsed team tried to get Garry (Ringrose) in.

“Then for Dan (Sheehan) he shows great footwork for a whore, really great athleticism.

“Then we score right after half, so these attempts on either side of the half are important to us in the context of the game and we were just far enough away from Connacht at that point.

“Still, Connacht threatened towards the end, so there are a lot of parts of the game that we can be better at, that’s the reality. But overall the intensity was much better than last week. But we still have “a long way to go, and that is what is exciting for us.”

Connacht manager Andy Friend said he had seen enough of his side to remain optimistic about their prospects ahead of Stade Francais’ visit to Galway next week.

“Not discouraged, disappointed in elements of it. There were some really good things in there. I thought the pre-half attempts and the post-half attempts were the two that really hurt us, “he said.

“When we grow as a team, you lose 14 points, you still have to believe in knowing that you can come back even if it’s Leinster. And I doubt we had that belief. And then we dropped 21 points and “then we found something again and get a score, that is one of our own strengths that we have to develop further.

“We knew they would recover, they are a very good rugby team and the result probably shows the difference between us.

“You stayed in the game longer. We have to learn that. When we stayed in the game, I thought we were really good and we have to keep believing in that as a group. “

“We have to enjoy this fight. The first try we had and then there was a fight, they tried and it was a good fight, we had one try and it was a good fight, they had another. It was great rugby game in the first 40 minutes. I thought it hurt us after half time. “


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