Leinster coach Michael Cheika bemoans his side's lack of killer instinct against Toulouse
Leinster coach Michael Cheika admitted a lack of killer instinct with ball in hand cost the defending champions dearly in their 26-16 Heineken Cup semi final defeat to Toulouse.
The French side’s pack were dominant throughout and French fly-half David Skrela starred with a try and 11 further points with his boot.
The Irish region had no lack of chances, with Jamie Heaslip touching down after the hosts took their foot off their pedal in the second half.
But knock-ons in their opponents’ 22 cost Leinster possession as they pushed to punish rare moments of French profligacy and Cheika admitted his team’s sloppy errors proved decisive.
“What killed us was the management of our possession,” said Cheika, who is taking over at Stade Francais next season.
“We let ball go too easily and probably kicked it away too much. We had enough opportunities in the game if we’d just been more clinical in attack.
“Giving the ball back to them enabled them to build momentum and you have to be accurate at this level.
“It’s disappointing because we felt we had it in us to go two finals in a row but we fought as hard as we could.”