Sunday 21 January 2018

Nacewa and Kearney targeting Glasgow return

Stuart Lancaster. Pic: Sportsfile
Stuart Lancaster. Pic: Sportsfile

New defence coach Stuart Lancaster will have to handle a baptism of fire when Leinster make their way to Glasgow Warriors on Saturday.

Thegood news is Isa Nacewa could be a valuable addition as long as the club captain comes through training.

The arm injury that prevented his inclusion against Treviso has been carefully managed to put him in the frame for a game in which his experience will be badly needed.

Dave Kearney is another option to be put in the line of fire as the wing has been throwing himself into full contact following his recuperation from a AC-joint strain.

Even so, Lancaster will not set out to completely reinvent the Kurt McQuilkin's defence

"We're going to have to upskill Stuart rather quickly," smiled head coach Leo Cullen.

The way in which Glasgow dismantled Connacht for six tries was a reflection of how they absorbed pressure and struck with lightening speed with Stuart Hogg as the cutting edge to their clinical attack.

The Leinster review of that game revealed the array of weapons and the number of Scotland internationals Gregor Townsend will have to call on at Scotstoun.

"They all watched Glasgow put 40 points on Connacht over the weekend, so that will certainly focus the minds from a defensive point of view," warned Cullen.

The introduction of Lancaster certainly added an air of excitement ahead of a session.

"Looking forward to getting up and running. We have a team meeting at 1.15 and then we're on the field, straight into it."

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