Glasgow Warriors v Leinster preview

Leinster travel to Scotland on Sunday afternoon as they look to take another step into the Heineken Cup quarter finals as the face the Glasgow Warriors, kick off 12.45pm.

Joe Schmidt makes three changes from the side that defeated the Cardiff Blues last weekend. Isa Nacewa, Leo Cullen and Shane Jennings all come back into a side that will be looking to win in Glasgow for the first time in five attempts.

Speaking ahead of the game, Leinster manager Guy Easterby knows just how tricky a trip to Glasgow can be and expects nothing different on Sunday.

“We are doing okay at the moment, but we are not getting ahead of ourselves and we know that we have got a massive game this weekend,” he said.

“No-one is pretending that we are playing perfect rugby but we are winning games.

“In big European games nothing but your best is going to be good enough and its going to be a huge game for us at Firhill.

“It’s going to be a big week. We have a couple of injuries to look at, Johnny (Sexton) had a tight hamstring and (Gordon) D’Arcy got a bang on the ribs but they should both be fine.

“Glasgow are playing well at the moment and are playing with a lot of confidence so it’s going to be a huge game.”

The Warriors come into the game in a rich vein of form. They have lost just two of their last thirteen games in all competitions and six in a row at home.

However even given that impressive record it is hard to look past Leinster. If the Heineken Cup champions turn up with the right mental attitude then they should have enough to get past Glasgow and secure themselves a place in the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup Leinster to win by 5.

GLASGOW WARRIORS: R Lamont; T Seymour, S Hogg, G Morrison, C Shaw; D Weir, C Cusiter; J Welsh, P MacArthur, E Kalman, R Gray, A Kellock (capt), R Harley, C Fusaro, J Barclay. Replacements: D Hall, G Reid, R Grant, T Ryder, J Beattie, C Gregor, T Nathan, S Wight.

LEINSTER: R Kearney; D Kearney, F McFadden, G DArcy, I Nacewa; J Sexton, E Reddan; C Healy, S Cronin, M Ross, L Cullen (capt), D Toner, S OBrien, S Jennings, J Heaslip. Replacements: A Dundon, H Van der Merwe, N White, D Browne, R Ruddock, I Boss, I Madigan, E OMalley.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales).


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