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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 5
- 15th Dec 2012
- KO 15:40
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 48,964
Heineken Cup: Joe Schmidt admits Leinster need a 'miracle' to reach the quarters
Leinster coach Joe Schmidt admits they need a "miracle" to make the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup.
The reigning champions were beaten 28-21 by Clermont in Dublin, making it back-to-back defeats to the French giants who have booked their spot in the quarter-finals.
Leinster can still reach the last eight but need an unlikely sequence of results to go their way.
"Miracles happen in sport, I guess, but mathematical long shots very seldom come into being," admitted the New Zealander.
"I don't think we have the same depth as some of the big-spending French clubs. It's hard to take defeat two weeks in a row, with the amount of effort the players put in.
"The other challenge for champions is they always look pretty good when they are on top. It is how they come back from adversity that is the real challenge."
Clermont head coach Vern Cotter is determined that this will finally be their year in the competition, having suffered semi-final heartbreak to Leinster last year.
Speaking after another pulsating clash, Cotter said: "We intend to go the whole way. It's a game of rugby - it doesn't always go the way we want, but our intention is to go as far as we can.
"Last year we lost a semi-final in Bordeaux. We didn't get a crack at the final. We would like to get there and see if we can get over the line and take the title. That is our firm intention."
Although Clermont celebrated with their fans in the stadium after ending a run of five defeats on Irish soil over a five-year span, Cotter will keep his players' feet on the ground.
"All the criteria that is important for a top performance - technical, tactical, physical, psychological - I thought we were present in all those sectors," he added. "Without getting too carried away, we are reasonably happy."Heineken Cup. Click here to bet.
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||Sale vs Munster|
|15:15||Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne|
|19:45||Leicester vs Ulster|
|15:15||Glasgow vs Bath|
|17:15||Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton|
|Sunday 19th October|
|17:15||Leinster vs Wasps|
|15:15||Toulon vs Scarlets|
|13:00||Toulouse vs Montpellier|
|13:00||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|Friday 24th October|
|19:45||Munster vs Saracens|
|Saturday 25th October|
|13:00||Ulster vs Toulon|
|19:45||Scarlets vs Leicester|
|15:15||Bath vs Toulouse|
|17:15||Montpellier vs Glasgow|
|17:15||Northampton vs Ospreys|
|Sunday 26th October|
|13:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Sale|
|15:00||Castres vs Leinster|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|17:15||Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Munster vs Clermont Auvergne|
|TBC||Sale vs Saracens|
|TBC||Castres vs Wasps|
|TBC||Harlequins vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ulster vs Scarlets|
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