Leinster v Glasgow Warriors preview

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Updated: September 16, 2011

Leinster continue their domestic campaign at home this weekend when they host the Glasgow Warriors at the RDS this Saturday evening in the RaboDirect Pro 12 league, kick off 6.00pm.

Having got their first points of the campaign last weekend, when the defeated a spirited Dragons outfit 31-10 Joe Schmidt’s side will be looking to maintain their fine home record, they are unbeaten in 28 games at the RDS, and gain some more momentum as their campaign begins to come to life.

To defeat the Warriors Leinster will have to step up on what they produced last week against the Dragons. A wonderfully fruitful 20 minute period after half time last week was the high spot for Leinster.
Up to then they had struggled somewhat to grab hold of the game and put the Dragons away.

They will be looking once again to full back Isa Nacewa, who was sublime last week, and Fionn Carr to lead the way for Leinster. Schmidt also welcomes back Luke Fitzgerald back into the fold having missed last week’s win with a slight knee injury picked up against the Ospreys.

Leinster fans will also be eagerly looking forward to see what kind of impact Leo Auva’a makes from the start against the Warriors. He will be joined by Dominic Ryan and skipper Rhys Ruddock in the back-row for the visit of the Scottish side.

For the Warriors this will be the third time they will have faced Irish opposition in three weeks. Having lost against Munster and Ulster in the opening two rounds of games, coach Sean Lineen is looking for an improved performance from his side.

“This is another huge challenge for us, to go to the home of the Heineken Cup holders and look to do something we’ve never done before, but it’s an opportunity the players relish.

“We know we’re going to be facing Leinster a good number of times over the course of the season, and although every game is different, it’s important we set our stall out and deliver the sort of performance and result we need to kick-start our campaign.

“As with Ulster on the first weekend of the RaboDirect PRO12, we feel pretty strongly that it was our own errors that did for us against Munster last Friday night. We made a number of frustrating mistakes and then allowed them to play the game the way they wanted to in the second half.

“We know that every error is likely to be punished by a side like Leinster, so it’s about being accurate and purposeful in everything we do, and also being sharp enough to capitalise on their mistakes.

“The three times we’ve beaten them at home in the last couple of years, we’ve brought all those qualities to the table, so we know it’s something we can do if we perform to the same level.”

LEINSTER:

15: Isa Nacewa
14: Fionn Carr
13: Eoin O’Malley
12: Luke Fitzgerald
11: David Kearney
10: Ian Madigan
9: Cillian Willis

1: Heinke van der Merwe
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Jamie Hagan
4: Kevin McLaughlin
5: Devin Toner
6: Rhys Ruddock CAPTAIN
7: Dominic Ryan
8: Leo Auva’a

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Aaron Dundon
17: Jack McGrath
18: Nathan White
19: Damian Browne
20: Jordi Murphy
21: John Cooney
22: Brendan Macken
23: Darren Hudson

GLASGOW WARRIORS:

15: Stuart Hogg
14: Federico Aramburu
13: Rob Dewey
12: Troy Nathan
11: Colin Shaw
10: Scott Wight
9: Henry Pyrgos

1: Ryan Grant
2: Finlay Gillies
3: Ed Kalman
4: Tom Ryder
5: Nick Campbell
6: Rob Harley CAPTAIN
7: Chris Fusaro
8: Rory Pitman

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Pat MacArthur
17: Gordon Reid
18: Mike Cusack
19: James Eddie
20: Duncan Weir
21: Ryan Wilson
22: Colin Gregor
23: Peter Horne

REFEREE: Andrew McMenemy (SRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: John Lacey (IRFU), Trevor Collins (IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: Ed Kenny (Leinster Rugby Referees), 5th OFFICIAL: Gordon Murray (Leinster Rugby Referees)

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