Sunday 20 April 2014

Matt O'Connor: BOD will play this weekend against Northampton

Irish and Leinster legend Brian O'Driscoll. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Irish and Leinster legend Brian O'Driscoll. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has confirmed that Brian O'Driscoll will start this weekend's crucial Heineken Cup clash with the Northampton Saints at Franklins Gardens.

The 34-year-old has recovered from his exertions in the November internationals and will feature against the Premiership side.

"Yeah, he'll be playing [this weekend]," O'Connor said when asked about the Leinster star's participation after he was forced off during the norrow defeat to New Zealand.

“We’ve had a good training week and the test boys have come back well, so we’re in a good place.”

Northampton are going to pose a big test on Saturday and O'Connor believes that given the acquisition of the likes of George North, Northampton could be stronger than they were on the 2011 Heineken Cup final.

“Northampton have picked up a handful of world class players since [the 2011 H Cup final] and they’ve tried to evolve their game," he added.

"We’ve still got to deal with their strength which will be the drive and the scrum and the momentum that creates.

 "They’re scoring tries, winning games and playing good rugby.

"We've certainly got to limit the opportunities they get. Once they get momentum they’re a very good side.”

Despite the enormity of the task, O'Connor is confident that his side can achieve a win on the road.

"If we play anywhere near our potential, we’re good enough to win the game. The challenge for us is making sure we’re at our best," he said.

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