Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Schmidt dedicates win to supporters

Sean O'Brien

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt was delighted to see his side secure the bonus-point win over Racing Metro which ensures a home Heineken Cup quarter-final.

The Irish province had already secured qualification from Pool Two, but needed a victory in Paris to make sure they would host their last-eight clash at either the RDS or Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Jonathan Sexton finished with two tries and a haul of 21 points, while Isa Nacewa, Sean O'Brien and Brian O'Driscoll also crossed.

Speaking after the 36-11 win, Schmidt said: "I think anyone who was at the game saw the amount of support that travelled to see us."

He added: "Our theme was that we owed it to our supporters, with the support they've given us, to give them the opportunity to come and see us at home in a quarter-final.

"I think the players, the way they played today, demonstrated the value we place on the support that we get."

Schmidt also praised man of the match O'Brien, who continued at number eight in the absence of the injured Jamie Heaslip.

"One of the great advantages with Sean is he can play any of the three loose forward positions equally competently and he is just so dynamic so often," Schmidt added.

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