Published: 13:28 | 26/4/21

Cullen: Munster were full value for the win


Leo Cullen will look to the positives after watching his Leinster side suffer a hammering at the hands of Munster in the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup.

Cullen opted to name an under-strength side for the clash at the RDS and it was to prove costly as Munster left the Dublin venue with their first victory in seven years.

Saturday's game came less than a month after Leinster had defeated Munster in the Guinness PRO14 final but it was the Reds who prevailed this time as they ran out 27-3 winners and Cullen was in no doubt that their inter-provincial rivals were worthy victors.

"I thought there was lots of good endeavour from our guys, I just thought Munster were much better in the contact areas so that made life quite difficult for us, made the ruck very, very muddy which slowed up any sort of momentum we had in the game," Cullen explained to eir sport.

"And the few chances we had in terms of good field position we weren't accurate enough around the set piece and converting them when we got close to the line.

"So Munster were full value for their win, it's disappointing for our guys. It is a good experience for some of the younger guys coming into the team so there are some positives in that.

"That is the challenge for us as coaches, making sure that when some of these guys get their opportunities again that they are better for the experience."

Leinster have little time to regroup ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup clash with La Rochelle this weekend and Cullen will be hoping to have Harry Byrne and some of his bigger names back for the game.

"He (Byrne) just had a tight hamstring so hopefully he won't be too bad but we will get him assessed. Obviously we lost a few guys in the build-up to the game so that little disruption with some of the younger guys in there adds to the challenges."

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