Leinster coach Joe Schmidt admitted the standard of rugby didn’t live up to the hype in their RaboDirect PRO12 clash with rivals Munster – despite his troops coming out on top 24-19.
Seven penalties from the boot of Jonathan Sexton, plus a Rob Kearney drop goal, sealed the win for Leinster, who temporarily moved to the top of the table.
Ireland international Ronan O’Gara could only manage four penalties but Munster did record the only try of the game late on to earn a bonus point.
Even that, converted by O’Gara, was a penalty try and Schmidt admitted he was far from happy with the way Leinster picked up their sixth win of the season.
“It was an ugly derby game of rugby. It was a pretty slow motion game, there was quite good endeavour but it was difficult to play rugby,” said Schmidt.
“It was a really frustrating night and it’s not the way we want to play necessarily – it was a penalty fest – and we prefer to play rugby in a positive way. With the second highest crowd attendance in the league it is not the way we would have liked it.
“I’ve never seen a Munster-Leinster game where Leinster has won and you see a pretty deflated dressing room, where the guys feel like they are tired but they haven’t really played a quality game of rugby.”