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Heaslip and his teammates came in for criticism from some quarters for their showing, but Gibbes claims Heaslip is more than able to bounce back.
“Jamie comes in for stick because he actually sets very high standards for himself,” Gibbes told the Irish Independent.
“It is very hard to match that standard, he is not a robot, he's a professional rugby player.
“He has had a lot to deal with this year, with the Ireland captaincy and the fact that he and most of the Leinster players are not used to dealing with a lack of success.
“Jamie comes in for criticism, but the bottom line is that he is the best No.8 we have ever had. He is a highly talented player, a highly intelligent leader and the stats back him up.
“Stats are a good additive to a performance, but they're not something you rely on. You can touch the ball ten times, go forward with it ten times, but it doesn't mean you've had a good game.
“Jamie burst onto the scene with a bang. He had the Lions in 2009, has had Grand Slams, and European Cups, so it is hard to keep matching that success.
“As Ireland fans and Leinster fans, we have become critical of not keeping up to that level.
“But when you look at the figures, the stats or put a player-cam on him, he is a highly effective back-row player. His quiet game is any other international No.8's good game.”