Sunday, 11 December 2011

McGeechan upbeat despite defeat

Sir Ian McGeechan praised his players despite Bath suffering a Heineken Cup home defeat against holders Leinster that has left them facing an early European exit.

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8 comments:

  1. Sir Ian is correct to praise the players. If it was not for some lack of discipline in the last few minutes we would have beaten Leinster. Nevermind, if we beat them next Saturday depriving them of a losing bonus point and if Montpellier beat Glasgow we will be on 10 points just one point behind leinster. The group will then still be wide open for us. There is certainly no reason to abandon hope at this stage.

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  2. That comment is a bit optimistic. Leinster are unbeaten in their new Aviva stadium having beaten Munster(twice), Leicester, Clermont and Toulouse. With 42,000 tickets already sold we can expect a very warm welcome from the Leinster fans who may think that their team underperformed against us.

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  3. Does anybody know what Leinster has done in the last few years to improve their European status so significantly? When we last met in 2006 we would have been thought of as being at least as good as Leinster. Now in 2011 we seem to be happy just to put up a good effort against Leinster.

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  4. In answer to the above, I think the main reason is that Leinster's previous coach, Michael Cheika, transformed the team into a harder if less stylish team which won the Heineken Cup in 2009. The current coach Joe Schmidt has re-introduced some style but maintained a solid defence, winning a second Heineken Cup in 2011.

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