United Rugby Championship: Leinster’s Leo Cullen wants his players to ‘turn the page’ on European heartbreak

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 Credit: PA Images
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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen wants his team to get back on their feet after their Champions Cup final loss to La Rochelle and look ahead to their upcoming United Rugby Championship quarter-final against Glasgow Warriors.

The Dublin-based outfit came agonisingly close to a fifth European title, but a late Arthur Retiere try snatched a 24-21 win from their clutches, resulting in La Rochelle’s first major trophy.

Looking forward

Cullen knows how close the game was but needs his players to bounce back and “turn the page” after an in-depth review.

“We’re very, very close to winning the tournament, [but] we don’t, unfortunately,” he told EPCR’s official website.

“But now we just need to dust ourselves off and try and turn the page to move forward quite quickly.

“We’ll do a deeper review and look into this game, similar to what we probably did last year as well.”

The head coach praised the “fantastic Leinster support” and regrets not getting over the line. However, Cullen commented on how much European success means to the people of La Rochelle and believes that makes the competition so unique.

“It’s painful. But when you see the crowd at the end – fantastic Leinster support [in Marseille] – but there’s two-thirds of the crowd [made up of La Rochelle fans].

“There’s elation at the end, what it means to them. But that’s what makes the tournament so magical as well.

“Turn the page, it’s our next challenge, dust ourselves off and go again.”

Leinster now turn their attention to Saturday’s URC play-off with Glasgow Warriors in Dublin and they are expected to cruise through.

Despite their loss on the European stage, Cullen’s men are still the outright favourites to claim the inaugural URC title.

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