Easterby expecting tough clash against Glasgow

Leinster team manager Guy Easterby has said players need to use last week’s Pro 12 draw with Ospreys as a driving force this weekend as they head to Glasgow on Friday night.

Easterby expecting tough clash against Glasgow

Leinster team manager Guy Easterby has said players need to use last week’s Pro 12 draw with Ospreys as a driving force this weekend as they head to Glasgow on Friday night.

Players and coached alike expressed how disappointing it was leaving the RDS knowing just how badly they let a win slip through their grasp.

Just like Ospreys did late on to tie the game in Dublin 4, Glasgow pounced very late on with a match-winning try and conversion against Ulster who at the time had also been winning their game.

The Leinstermen have won all eight games they have played away from home in 2013, and have not lost to a Scottish opponent since Glasgow visited the RDS in September 2011.

Glasgow are winless in their last seven encounters with Leinster in all competitions, although they did draw 10-all at Firhill February 2012

“I think everyone is aware just how good Glasgow are and to be honest I hadn’t seen the Ulster game but wasn’t surprised when I read the score and from that thought someone must have scored late,” Easterby said.

"We have had our own battles with them down the years and in last year’s semi final in particular when Hogg missed a late kick and I know (Gregor) Townsend has spoken about how motivated they are to beat us after coming so close.

"Every time we played them last year we ended up coming away with the spoils but the games were very close and we are expecting the same thing this week."

The former Irish international isn’t really too concerned about the timing of this fixture in particular and pushes home the old cliché we in the media hate hearing "We take each game as it comes".

He said: "You can weigh it up any way you want, they have come in and have taken two really good results both at home and then going to Ravenhil where not everyone goes and wins and got the result.

"They will have gained much confidence from that and we understand that we have plenty to work on moving forward so at this stage I don’t think there is any perfect time to play Glasgow because they are a very good side now.”

With 2013 being a Lions year, The Pro 12 Champions are still waiting to have their full contingent of representatives from that successful tour, so is taking a relatively young side away to Scotland something that Eastberby is concerned about?

He said: "We went there during last year’s Autumn international period and only won 0-6 in perfect conditions so I think you can see this is going to be a very close game and we have to go there and look for a result but certainly with the way they have been playing, the confidence they have as a group that they have built over the last year to 18 months is telling that they are a very good side and we are going to have to be at our absolute best if we are going to beat them."

There is a slight difference to this game and that is that it will be played at Scotstoun Stadium and not Firhill where there have been some mighty battles in the past.

They terminated their deal with SPL soccer side Patrick Thistle in 2012 to move to a new home but Easterby doesn’t really care where the game is played as long as Leinster go there and win.

"The facilities are probably better to be honest, Firhill had the smallest changing rooms I have ever seen.

"You couldn’t fit 13 soccer players in there never mind 24 rugby players but you get used to those things and it’s our second visit to Scotstourn but the surface and the pitch have no issues at all and they have some great crowds in there as well.”

There is no doubt Glasgow will be looking to take another Irish scalp this weekend and Easterby has sounded the warning to the Leinster squad.

"They have a willingness to really beat us because we are seen as one of the leaders in the league but we see them as being right up there too which I believe will make quite an interesting game."

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