Sunday 23 October 2016

Rob Kearney: Aim is to win and hope for slip-up

Rob Kearney
Rob Kearney

"If we lose, we're out."

Rob Kearney can't make it any clearer.

Leinster are drowning in the PRO12 sea with no more than one desperate hand above water, reaching for anyone or anything to bring them back to life.

The Louth man has never been one to hand out pat answers.

He cites the Dragons home and away and the Six Nations window as big regrets.

"Is it unacceptable for Leinster to be relying on slip-ups? Yeah, but that's where we are now," he said.

The merit of play-off qualification comes down to wins should clubs conclude the season on level points.

Leinster trail the Top-4 badly with nine measured against 13 for The Ospreys, Ulster and Munster and 14 for leaders Glasgow.

In fact, Ulster are most vulnerable due to the run-in with Leinster and Munster at home and Glasgow away.

"Yeah, exactly! That's why (we have to have) a win this week and then hope that they slip up another week, it's all we can hope for now," he said.

He was not about to get drawn into how likely Leinster chances are at this stage.

"It's impossible to say," he answered.

"There will be a twist of some sort over the next three weeks for the run-in. Of one of the five teams, someone is going to slip up or something uncharacteristic is going to happen.

"Who it's going to be? I don't know. All we can do is try to get the win this week and hope that whoever it is who slips up favours us."

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