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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Blues out to take the measure of Bath

Matt O'Connor
Matt O'Connor

Coach Matt O'Connor is clear-headed about how Glasgow should give Leinster "a good gauge" on what they need to do against Bath in The Champions Cup quarter-final.

The Scottish club has been the most consistent throughout the PRO12 season and Bath have measured up consistently well in The Premiership to place third approaching the business end of their domestic campaign.

This contrast sharply with Leinster's up-and-down form in the League and European Cup.

There could be more of a mystery about what the three-time winners can bring to Saturday's argument because the IRFU's Player Welfare Programme was not too kind to them last week.

O'Connor will concentrate more on what Leinster did in the second-half against Glasgow than what they did in the first in bounding back from a 20-point deficit.

"The second-half gives us a good picture of what we can achieve against good sides," he said.

"They had Bath in their group so they had two physical encounters with them. So that gives us a good gauge of what we're going to face next week. But we're going to have to be significantly better than that (against Glasgow) to progress in Europe."

Leinster won't be fooled into looking too deeply into what Bath did during the Six Nations campaign.

O'Connor believes the reintroduction of George Ford and Jonathan Joseph will give them two backs "as good as anyone" with ball in hand.

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