Published: 15:56 | 30/3/21

Larkham: PRO14 final was 'evenly matched'

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham believes last weekend's PRO14 final was evenly matched but 'just crept away' from them in the end as Leinster secured a 16-6 victory and a fourth successive title.

The game was finely poised at 6-6 at half time, but a try from Jack Conan early in the second half and a Ross Byrne penalty ensured that Leinster were crowned champions once again as they beat their rivals for the 13th time in 15 matches.

“It was one of those games that just crept away from us,” said Larkham. 

“We’ve spoken a fair bit about belief this morning. That’s a key message. Are they better than us? They were better than us on the day.

“There’s some stats that if you look at it, they made more mistakes than us when they had their hands on the ball. 

"They kicked more than us throughout the game.

“It was fairly evenly-matched throughout the whole game and the one thing we really take out of it is that we’ve got the game plan and the skill there. 

"We’ve just got to beat them on the day by better execution in certain parts of the game.”

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