O’Driscoll’s rues his final European exit

British & Irish Lions legend Brian O'Driscoll has played his last game of European rugby after Leinster were knocked out in the quarter-finals by defending European champions Toulon. [more]

O’Driscoll’s rues his final European exit

British & Irish Lions legend Brian O’Driscoll has played his last game of European rugby after Leinster were knocked out in the quarter-finals by defending European champions Toulon.

The centre was powerless in the face of a savage onslaught from 2001 and 2005 Lion Jonny Wilkinson and co and they bowed out, losing 29-14 in the end.

And O’Driscoll, who hung up his international boots just last month after their momentous victory over France, admitted he and and his teammates had not been at the races.

"We just didn't play well. It was 6-6 at half-time but we didn't come out and play. We made too many mistakes and too many turnovers,” he said.

And his head coach on club duty Matt O’Connor admitted that the men in blue were disappointed to not be able to send out their talisman on a high.

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“Yeah, definitely, disappointing for him and I’m sure he’ll be disappointed off the back of the performance,” he said.

“All the lads are gutted we sent him out that way but that’s sport sometimes and like we said we were second best, and there’s no excuses.” 

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