Shade Munro's Leinster Preview

Glasgow Warriors travel to Dublin on Friday, ahead of their RaboDirect PRO12 encounter with Leinster at the RDS on Saturday evening (KO 7.45pm).

Having moved to the top of the league on points difference, following their win over Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun Stadium at the beginning of the month, the Warriors are looking for a positive result this weekend.

With just two points separating the top three teams and only five games left to play, it looks set to be an exciting end to the season.

Glasgow Warriors forwards coach, Shade Munro has experienced some tough games at the RDS over the years and knows just how difficult a place it is to go.

Speaking exclusively to www.glasgowwarriors.org, he said: "It's been a tough place to go for a long number of years, until recently when we managed to go over and win. The RDS has a massive pitch and they are a noisy crowd, which makes it a really good atmosphere.

Leinster will be a huge threat, we've played them a lot over the last few years in the league and we"ve had them in the Heineken Cup as well. They are well coached and they have top international players that play a certain way, which suits the guys they've got.

Despite beating Leinster 23-19 at the RDS and drawing 10-10 at Firhill last season, the Warriors lost the semi-final 19-15 in Dublin and Shade believes their 38-13 defeat in the Heineken Cup in November 2011 was a key game for the club.

"I think the defining moment for us was when we went over there and got well beaten in the Heineken Cup. We got absolutely blown away and it wasn't because we weren't up for it, they were just at a level we hadn't reached yet and it was a big learning curve for us all.

'that became a defining moment for the club in terms of knowing we needed to change and I still refer to that game. They were so much quicker, sharper and more dynamic at the breakdown than us and they were getting quicker ball and putting less numbers in.

'their speed of ball, the speed they arrive at the breakdown and the quick ball they get from the contact, forces the defence to not be as controlled as they would normally be. Matt (Taylor) has come in and helped us improve our breakdown work in defence and that has made a big difference this season."

The squad has been complimented this week with a number of players returning from Scotland duty and despite them being away for the last seven weeks, the team has still managed to pick up maximum points from their last five games in the PRO12.

'the talent in the squad is huge and we now have massive strength in depth. It is the best squad we have ever had here in terms of the quality and numbers. We"ve always had good players but we now have a group who have reached the same high standard and even the young guys are getting an opportunity.

"We have used 51 players this year which is something to be proud of and it's very exciting for the future."

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Leinster v Glasgow Warriors is live on BBC ALBA on Saturday from 7.40pm (KO 7.45pm). Fans are invited to join Glasgow Warriors at Waxy O'Connors to get behind the team and watch all the away action live on the big screen.

 

As usual we'll be providing live coverage of the game and all the build-up from Dublin on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors.

Tickets for our next home game against Munster on Friday 29 March are available here: Glasgow Warriors v Munster Tickets