Schmidt calls for improvement ahead of Glasgow showdown

Schmidt calls for improvement ahead of Glasgow showdown

Despite claiming an impressive 37-19 win over the Ospreys on Friday, departing Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt, believes his team need to raise their game for this weekend’s PRO12 semi-final against Glasgow.

The blues had already secured a place in the play-offs before Friday’s victory but needed to get a result against the Welsh outfit to guarantee themselves home advantage.

A hat-trick of tries from Munster-bound Andrew Conway, as well as a five pointer from Cian Healy, helped the province to a convincing win.

Having ended the regular season in second place, behind Ulster, Leinster will host third-place Glasgow while the Scarlets will take on Mark Anscombe’s men in the other semi-final.

Pleased as he is with the home semi-final, Schmidt still saw issues in last weekend’s performance which need addressing ahead of the Warriors’ visit

“We're really happy to get the home semi-final,” the newly appointed Ireland head coach said.

“That was our target. We knew the Ospreys, who still had a lot to play for, would chase the win and maybe a couple of tries in the second half.

"We had to start really well in the second half and thankfully enough Andrew Conway got his third try.

“We missed a couple of tackles that we should have made and that's always a disappointment - there's things we need to work on.”

Leinster have already recorded a league double over Glasgow this season, beating them 0-6 in Scotstoun, before sealing a 22-17 win at the RDS in a gripping top of the table clash.

But Schmidt believes Gregor Townsend’s charges have come into impressive form of late and will carry that momentum into Friday’s semi-final.

"We've got massive respect for Glasgow, they've probably been the form team of the second half of the season.

“We were lucky to beat them here in March (22-17), it was nip and tuck that night. There was nothing in it really."

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