Leinster cannot afford to lose again, or they will face an early Bath – Leo Cullen

Leo Cullen admits his Leinster side can ill-afford another loss in their Champions Cup pool.

Leinster travel to The Rec tomorrow to face Bath having lost their last pool game away to Toulouse in October.

“There’s not much margin for error over the course of the pool,” said Cullen.

“Particularly when you’re competing against your pool teams, and getting out of the pool is the first priority, then you’re competing against other pools as well.

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“We’re just going to scrap for every point we can. We got a losing bonus point that day (in Toulouse), there was once upon a time a losing bonus point in France was not that bad a result.

“But for us as a group, we got ourself in a situation where we scored three tries, we got in front, and we’d a chance to get to 10 points in the pool and open a lot of separation.

“Suddenly Toulouse get four points and we get one, they’re sitting on eight points and we’re in second. We’re the team that’s chasing them now, we know there’s not that much room for error across the course of the games.

“It heightens the importance of this week again.”

The defending European champions hope to have Dan Leavy back after injury, along with Jordan Larmour, Rory O’Loughlin and Jack Conan.

“They’re certainly closer, yes,” said the Blues supremo.

“As the week has progressed, they are closer to getting selected. The guys have trained well this week so far so everyone’s in good form and looking forward to the game.

“It’s a great challenge against Bath”.

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