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Monday 20 August 2018

Scrum key to tricky Treviso trip: Jennings

Temporary captain Shane Jennings has admitted that the Leinster scrum is still "no world-beater".

Presumably, there will be special attention paid to the set-piece ahead of the Magners League prospect of facing a fiery Benetton-Treviso in Italy on Saturday.

"We have put a lot of work into the scrum. There is a lot of hurt there from last season when we didn't go as well as we should have," continued Jennings. "We know our scrum is no world-beater. We have to work hard on it. Cardiff was a good step forward there," he said.

"It was positive. But, it was only one game. We are going to have a huge challenge against a good Italian front row at the weekend."

Certainly, the Leinster front row of South Africans Heinke van der Merwe and Richardt Strauss and Munsterman Mike Ross made an inexperienced Cardiff suffer badly on Saturday night. But Treviso will be a different proposition in this sector.

"Everyone realises that Treviso are a good side. Playing there before (in the Heineken Cup), it is always a very tough game," he warned.

"They also have dangerous backs. If you give (Brendan) Williams enough space at full back he is going to do damage. But, we will take the positives because that was a good Cardiff win."

The facts would seem to confirm the favourable impression of Treviso. They squeezed The Scarlets (34-28) for a first round four-pointer at Stadio di Monigo before going under by double-scores (32-16) to The Ospreys on Friday.

The Ireland openside heaped great emphasis on pre-season in order to show how bad habits can develop quickly.

"If you lose, that hurts," he said. "We were on a run of losses but it was good to get that sorted out.

"We have built from Glasgow and we have to build from Cardiff. We have to concentrate and get that win (in Italy) because some of the teams are flying it at the moment."

They certainly are. And every point will count in what looks like the most competitive Magners League season.

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