Gordon D’Arcy: Leinster now shooting for a fifth star

Joe Schmidt frequently referred to ‘controlling the controllable,’ as if to offer a reminder that focusing or dwelling on external issues or perception was a waste of energy. He prioritised working diligently and intelligently in preparing for a game and then in the maelstrom of a match concentrating on the task in hand.
How other people perceive Leinster is largely irrelevant, as was the background chatter about last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse. The central issue for Leo Cullen and his players was to ensure that they got the details of their performance right at the Aviva stadium. It did not matter if Toulouse were tired or not tired per se and in victory it matters even less.