Easterby: Leinster focused solely on getting the win

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 Dec 2012


Leinster manager Guy Easterby admits his side are purely focused on winning their clash with Clermont on Saturday – and will let qualification for the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup look after itself.

Leinster, currently third in the RaboDirect PRO12, host Clermont in the reverse of Sunday’s clash where Easterby’s side went down 15-12 but secured a crucial bonus point.

The defending champions now trail Clermont by five points after three matches meaning a failure to secure victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday would leave them teetering on the brink of elimination.

A bonus point win would appear to put them in the box seat however, but Easterby insists all that matters is securing victory.

“There's a lot been made about the five points between us, but we cannot become sidetracked by that," Easterby told the Irish Independent.

"We have to go out and win the game, whatever happens after that, so be it.”

If Leinster fail to top their pool they can still go through as one of the two runners-up to proceed, but Easterby is not concerning himself with potential permutations.

“Those two spots are also available,” he added. “As I said, though, we'll go out to win the game and see what happens then.”