Sean O'Brien laments Leinster's costly lack of leadership
Leinster have blamed this season's PRO12 travails on many factors but ultimately, as they chase the victory tomorrow evening at the Kingspan that will sustain their last tilt at silverware into May, the bare facts do not lie.
Matt O'Connor's men have simh and, beyond any coaching flaws or the inability of their stellar signings to shine, their renowned strength in depth has not been fit for purpose.ply not been consistent enough.
Last season, Leinster sustained their charge to the league title by hoovering up 19 of a possible 20 points during the Six Nations when deprived of their 17 international stars.
Fast-forward 12 months and they managed just a solitary win during the international window; low-lighted by the double defeat to Dragons.
"When there are a lot of the key players missing, everything feels a lot quieter," outlines Sean, who seems a captain-in-waiting for both club and country before he hangs up his boots.
"That bit of leadership is lacking at times. There was a lot of inconsistency throughout the year. There was a lack of leadership at times when certain lads were injured and lads being with Ireland.
"All the provinces are in a similar situation. I just don't think we went about certain games in the right manner. The lads know that as well but you take out certain players who played for Leinster last year during the Six Nations and they were involved in the Six Nations this year.
"Then you have the younger crop coming through to stand in for them so that's what I mean by a bit of experience. Lads should learn from the bad days this year, to not let them happen again."