Schmidt praises character after comeback win

Guinness PRO12 Editor

2 Oct 2011


Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt paid tribute to his side’s strength of character after they came from behind to claim a bonus point 26-7 win over Aironi on Saturday night.

The Irish side have made an inconsistent start to their RaboDirect PRO12 season, suffering surprise defeats to both the Ospreys and at home to Glasgow in round three.

And another shock looked to be on the cards on Saturday night at half-time at the RDS with Aironi leading 7-0 through a converted Nick Williams try.

But not for nothing are Leinster champions of Europe and they came storming back in the second period, running in four tries through Isa Nacewa, Luke Fitzgerald, Rhys Ruddock and Ian Madigan.

And after sealing their third win of the season Schmidt admitted that the bonus-point win was crucial ahead of next week’s all Irish clash with the in-form Connacht.

"I felt that we created a few chances in the first so, even though we were behind, there was no real sense of panic,” he said.

“I was delighted with the pressure that we applied in the second half and we felt that it was there to take.

"To be honest, we're delighted to get the win and the bonus point but we know that it will be a massive challenge next weekend against an in-form Connacht."