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Schmidt frustrated despite win

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt admitted to a touch of regret even after his side mustered a crucial five-try 33-14 win over the Scarlets in Pool Five of the Heineken Cup.

The defending champions had the bonus point secured by the 44th minute of this entertaining clash, with Rob Kearney adding to first half-efforts from Cian Healy, Shane Jennings and man-of-the-match Luke Fitzgerald.

Knowing that qualification for the knock-out stages may come down to the number of tries scored, Schmidt felt his side should have added more than Ian Madigan's fifth try in the final minute.

"There already are (regrets)," he said. "There are at least two more we should have got, one more where I felt there was good space and the ball was knocked down.

"There is frustration but the reality is we are where we are and this is what we can plan to do and try to execute it."

As things stand, Leinster would qualify as one of the best-placed pool runners-up. But they are likely to be pushed out of that position tomorrow after Munster, Leicester Tigers and Toulouse all play.

Schmidt will hope the 'miracle' he has spoken about for the last month can happen, with favours needed from the Ospreys against Leicester tomorrow and another from Toulon next week against Montpellier.

He added: "Leicester and Toulouse are both ahead of us but they have got to play each other. They can nullify that a little bit. I have a lot of respect for (Montpellier coach) Fabien Galthie.

"He is a guy I have had a lot of chats with over the years, but I would like to see him beaten. It's dog-eat-dog at this stage of the competition really."


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