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Leinster 32 Wasps 17: Wasps refuse to blame Le Roux for eclipse by classy Leinster

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young insisted Willie Le Roux's error was not a turning point in Saturday's 32-17 Champions Cup quarter-final defeat at Leinster.

Leinster were let off the hook in the 24th minute of an action-packed encounter when Wasps' South African winger Le Roux lost control of the ball as he dived over the whitewash.

Speaking in relation to the incident, Young admitted it would have released some of the tension on his charges, but did not feel it was a pivotal moment.

"Willie, obviously, it's going to be well documented... if he had put that ball down, we could have been 10-8 up. We would have been pretty pleased with that, because we were under pressure," Young said.

"I think it may have calmed us down a little bit, but I know a lot of people will point to that as a turning factor. It certainly didn't help us, but I'm not saying it was a turning factor because we had 55 minutes to play. We had plenty of time to turn that around."

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen, meanwhile, hailed the influence of 21-year-old full-back Joey Carbery following his side's impressive triumph at the Aviva Stadium.

The versatile Carbery was named man of the match, and Cullen praised the courage displayed by the rising Ireland international against the Aviva Premiership pace-setters.

"Joey is very, very brave," Cullen said. "He's not afraid to try things. We will have a look back at the game and go through it with him. He's hungry to learn and he wants to get better.

"I'm delighted for him today. It was a good performance. Twenty-one years of age... It has come very quickly, but he is definitely a talent."

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