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Published: 13:20 | 8/5/16

Cullen won't dwell on Ravenhill loss

Leinster prepare for Ulster showdown

Leinster coach Leo Cullen says that his side can't afford to dwell on their recent heavy loss to Ulster as they prepare to face them again in the PRO12 semi-final in two weeks time.

Former Blues skipper Cullen believes that it would be wrong for his side to get “bogged down” by their 30-6 defeat in Ravenhill last weekend but must focus on their own game instead.

“It’s important for us not to get too bogged down by that,” Cullen said after watching Leinster top the table following a 50-19 victory over Treviso at the RDS.

The result, coupled with other results on the day including Ulster's impressive 46-26 win over ospreys at the Liberty Stadium, means that the sides will meet in Dublin in the semi-final on May 20th.

“It’s important for us to focus on the process," he continued.

“It sounds like Ulster had a pretty impressive win again. They’re a team in really good form so it’s going to be a tough challenge for us.”

Leinster were forced to withdraw three players due to injury as they ran in eight tries against Treviso, with Cullen saying that all three will be closely monitored ahead of the semi-final.

“Rob [Kearney] has done a little bit of damage to his ankle, he tried to run it off for a while but it didn’t get any better. We’ll see how he settles down, he’ll get a scan,” he added.

“Johnny Sexton came off at the start of the second half but he had taken a bang to his quad early in the game, probably in the first five or ten minutes.

“So again, we are keen to monitor him, he took a late hit but again, he’s okay, [I] don’t see any major issue there."

Second row Mick Kearney was also withdrawn with a shoulder injury, but Cullen insisted that it was “nothing major".


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