Thursday 21 February 2019

Conan ready for test of character

Leinster’s Jack Conan
Leinster’s Jack Conan

Glasgow will be seething with themselves.

They took ten points out of Exeter Chiefs in the opening 11 minutes at Sandy Park - no easy execution - suffered at the end of Frenchman Alexandre Ruiz's whistle and ended the contest without even a bonus-point from a game they could easily have won.

The journey back from the south coast of England to Glasgow would have fuelled the kind of frustration and anger that their expert coach Dave Rennie will turn to their advantage.

"It will be so different to Montpellier just gone," said Leinster's number eight Jack Conan.

"We know Glasgow will look to play with a much higher tempo and their skills set will be better.

"If we can bring the physicality we brought to Montpellier into Glasgow with a higher tempo to our own game, we will be in a good spot."

Leinster already are, leading Pool Three with maximum points from Exeter on four, Montpellier on one and Glasgow grounded on no points.

"I think there is a great sense of team, and a great environment here. We pride ourselves on how close we are," he said.

"When you come up against a pack (Montpellier) that people would say is a better, more physical pack, it is a test of character and will.

"I would hate for anyone to think we are not as good as anyone else.

"It was nice to prove a point and say, 'if you think you are going to come here and bully us, that's not going to be the way'."

The onus is on every home club to secure three victories and scrape what they can away from home comforts.

Glasgow are waist deep in water from what happened in Devon and Leinster can almost certainly drown them out of the Champions Cup with a precious away win.

For that to happen, they will have to be razor-sharp.

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