Read the eight talking points from Jamie Heaslip’s post-Wasps press conference.

Almost claiming a bonus point

“A bonus point would’ve been lovely, but I’m not disappointed, I’m happy with the outcome.”

Dominic Ryan’s try

“I thought Dippy’s try showed the kind of athlete that he is – a great finish. He kind of went off on his own mission and there weren’t too many people around him. He made our job a little bit easier there.”


“At this level, and especially against a side that has some gas like they do, you make a mistake and they punish you. We were probably lucky that they didn’t run the length of the field once or twice more from our mistakes. But at half-time that’s what we said, that’s what was letting them into the game.”

Leinster’s defence

I thought in general our defence was pretty good. I thought we were quite combative around the ruck situation. I think we disrupted their ball quite a bit, which we needed to do. We’ve got to work on taking down their big man, their big men got them into the game a couple of times and we’re coming up a side that’s going to have some big ball-carriers in the forwards.”

The pack

“Sometimes you get those games where you’ve got to roll up your sleeves as a pack. We talked beforehand about doing whatever’s needed. As a pack we just wanted to create really good go-forward, quick ball for our backs because our backs are quite potent, quite dangerous and we got that more times than not but still there were a lot of times when we let them get in and get our ball.”

Luke Fitzgerald

“I was disappointed that Bow-Wow (Luke) didn’t get on the field today. That guy has had a seriously tough road over the last while with injuries over the last couple of years and I would’ve liked to have seen him out there.”


“We know we’ve got a tough job going there. Last year we gave them a 14 point head start in the first 10/15 minutes. We were lucky to pull it out of the bag. I don’t want to test ourselves in that way again – it’s tough enough to go down there and get a win.”

Players returning from injury

“Whatever squad Matty picks is going to be a strong squad.The more players available the better. But whatever squad goes down there is going to go down and do a job.”

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