Glasgow Warriors v Leinster preview

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While most Irish eyes will be trained on the Aviva Stadium this Saturday, Leinster will look to continue their excellent domestic form when they travel to face the Glasgow Warriors in the Rabo Pro12, kick off 6.00pm.

A last minute kick from the boot of Fergus McFadden helped Leinster sneak past a determined Scarlets side last week at the RDS to stretch their unbeaten run to 17 games out of the last 18.

With the majority of Ireland frontliners away, Joe Schmidt has named a strong side for what is sure to be a stern test for the Heineken Cup Champions.

Isa Nacewa, who has now scored 105 points in 12 PRO12 games so far this season, stays in the back three alongside Fionn Carr and David Kearney, with Brendan Macken in the centre with Colm O’Shea.

Speaking ahead of the game, Jamie Hagan knows just how tough Saturday’s game is going to be.

“They’re going to be tough over there. We played them in the Heineken Cup over there and it is not a nice place to go.

“They’re quite strong at home but they’re a quite strong team. They’re going to be wanting to win especially after the draw in Galway at the weekend.

“Hopefully we can go over there and stick to our plan and do a job on them. Connacht didn’t do us any favours as they’re going to be really gunning for us in this match.”

Welcoming Leinster to Firhill will hold no fear for Glasgow. Indeed the Scottish outfit were the last team to beat Leinster in the Pro12 last September.

Sean Lineen, who makes four changes for the game, has every faith in his side that they can do the double over the league leaders. “Three of our next four games are at home, and it’s vital we exploit that to our advantage, starting with Saturday’s match against Leinster.

“They’ve got a big squad with top players right throughout it. Their rugby is the definition of relentless and they punish every mistake.

“We know our individual decision-making has to be spot on, and our composure right up there with anything we’ve produced so far this season.

“If that happens, we should be in a good place, because our collective systems have been a real strength all year and there’s a terrific amount of trust and belief within the group.

“The players have risen to the challenge so many times already, and tomorrow is another day for standing up and being counted so that we continue to stake a strong claim for a place in the top four.”


15: Peter Murchie
14: David Lemi
13: Alex Dunbar
12: Troy Nathan
11: Colin Shaw
10: Ruaridh Jackson
9: Henry Pyrgos

1: Ryan Grant
2: Pat MacArthur
3: Mike Cusack
4: Nick Campbell
5: Tom Ryder
6: Rob Harley CAPTAIN
7: Chris Fusaro
8: Ryan Wilson


16: Dougie Hall
17: Jon Welsh
18: Gordon Reid
19: Rob Verbakel
20: Calum Forrester
21: Scott Wight
22: Federico Aramburu
23: Tommy Seymour


15: Isa Nacewa
14: David Kearney
13: Brendan Macken
12: Colm O’Shea
11: Fionn Carr
10: Ian Madigan
9: Isaac Boss

1: Heinke van der Merwe
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Nathan White
4: Damian Browne
5: Mark Flanagan
6: Dominic Ryan
7: Shane Jennings CAPTAIN
8: Leo Auva’a


16: Aaron Dundon
17: Jack McGrath
18: Jamie Hagan
19: Devin Toner
20: Jordi Murphy
21: John Cooney
22: Eoin O’Malley
23: Andrew Conway

REFEREE: John Lacey (IRFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew McMenemy, Graeme Marshall (both SRU), TMO: Jim Yuille (SRU)


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