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- Guinness PRO12
- 17th Sep 2011
- KO 18:00
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 14,500
Leinster v Glasgow: Teams
At Royal Dublin Society, Saturday September 17, KO:6pm (BST)
Glasgow Warriors will be going all out to strike the first blow in what will be a season-long battle with Leinster when they take on the reigning European champions at the RDS on Saturday.
The clash is the opening instalment of a series that will see the teams compete at least another three times in the PRO12 and Heineken Cup.
As well as seeking to set the tone for the rest of their encounters with the Dublin side, the Warriors have the incentive of looking to secure a first ever win on Leinster soil.
In contrast to their poor away record in the fixture, Glasgow have won the last three Firhill meetings between the sides, a feat Sean Lineen believes should instil a level of confidence in his men ahead of Saturday's match.
"This is another huge challenge for us, to go to the home of the Heineken Cup holders and look to do something we've never done before, but it's an opportunity the players relish," Lineen told the Glasgow website.
"As with Ulster on the first weekend of the RaboDirect PRO12, we feel pretty strongly that it was our own errors that did for us against Munster last Friday night. We made a number of frustrating mistakes and then allowed them to play the game the way they wanted to in the second half.
"We know that every error is likely to be punished by a side like Leinster, so it's about being accurate and purposeful in everything we do, and also being sharp enough to capitalise on their mistakes.
"The three times we've beaten them at home in the last couple of years, we've brought all those qualities to the table, so we know it's something we can do if we perform to the same level."
Lineen has made four changes to his XV for the match. Former Melrose captain Scott Wight, on-loan Ospreys breakaway Rory Pitman and Scottish Rugby Elite Development player Finlay Gillies will make their first competitive starts for the club at fly-half, number eight and hooker respectively. Ed Kalman, meanwhile, comes in for Mike Cusack at tighthead prop.
"All four guys have worked hard to earn an opportunity to show what they can do in a starting role," said Lineen.
"Scott's a confident performer well suited to the sort of game we want to play, Rory offers good aggression and ball-carrying ability from the base of the scrum, while Finlay is a talented ball-player who isn't shy about getting stuck in. Ed will bring experience and application to the front row, where it's sure to be another tough battle."
Meanwhile, Luke Fitzgerald takes his place at inside centre alongside Eoin O'Malley who moves to outside centre for Leinster. Fionn Carr and Ian Madigan - try-scorers in the 31-10 victory over the Dragons last weekend - continue in a backline which also includes Isa Nacewa and Cillian Willis.
In the pack, Leo Auva'a makes his first start for the province at number eight after appearing twice off the bench so far this season and he joins Dominic Ryan and skipper Rhys Ruddock in the back-row for the visit of the Scottish side.
Damian Browne is named on the replacements bench alongside Leinster Academy back-rower Jordi Murphy and recent signing prop Nathan White who could both be in line for their debut appearances.
Leinster: 15 Isa Nacewa, 14 Fionn Carr, 13 Eoin O'Malley, 12 Luke Fitzgerald, 11 David Kearney, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Cillian Willis, 8 Leo Auva'a, 7 Dominic Ryan, 6 Rhys Ruddock (capt), 5 Devin Toner, 4 Kevin McLaughlin, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Heinke van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Aaron Dundon, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Nathan White, 19 Damian Browne, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 John Cooney, 22 Brendan Macken, 23 Darren Hudson
Glasgow:15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Federico Aramburu, 13 Rob Dewey, 12 Troy Nathan, 11 Colin Shaw, 10 Scott Wight, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Rory Pitman, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley (capt), 5 Nick Campbell, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Ed Kalman, 2 Finlay Gillies, 1 Ryan Grant
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Mike Cusack, 19 James Eddie, 20 Duncan Weir, 21 Ryan Wilson, 22 Colin Gregor, 23 Peter Horne
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 27th February|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Leinster|
|19:35||Ulster vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 28th February|
|19:15||Munster vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Sunday 1st March|
|12:45||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|17:00||Zebre vs Dragons|
|17:15||Connacht vs Treviso|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
|Sunday 11th January|
|Ospreys 22 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 20 - 24 Ulster|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Zebre 7 - 31 Munster|
|Cardiff Blues 13 - 22 Leinster|
|Friday 9th January|
|Connacht 13 - 16 Edinburgh|
|Glasgow 22 - 7 Scarlets|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com