Thursday 17 January 2019

Boss feels 'intensity' rising for trip to Scotstoun

Second-season syndrome can be a good thing for Leinster.

When coach Matt O'Connor entered where Joe Schmidt had just exited, there was a subtle shift of emphasis from attack to defence. It took time for change and improvement to seep through.

By the end of the season, Glasgow Warriors felt the full force of how far Leinster had come over the course of the PRO12 League in the Grand Final.

"The ideas have bedded in better now," said Leinster scrum-half Isaac Boss at the end of his second pre-season under O'Connor.

"We're in a better place than we were this time last year. We've had the continuity of one year.

"That is our base. We can grow the attack a lot better and (grow) our options off each other."

Boss is not too bothered about the fact that Leinster have been beaten in both of their pre-season matches - by Northampton Saints (33-21) and Ulster (10-7) last Saturday.


"It's more about what we get out of it. I think we've grown in those two games," he said. "Definitely, at the weekend, I noticed a step-up in intensity in attack and defence and in the pace of the game."

It all changes on Saturday. The result is all that matters when last year's finalists collide.

"It's a good time to go there. It's a nice surface and conducive to having a crack. It can get a bit ripped up later in the year," he said.

This reckons without the fact that the Warriors like to play ball themselves. Coach Gregor Townsend does not want to choke up the game. He wants to put out the fluid, attractive, winning rugby that has seen a rise in support for Glasgow.

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