Monday 24 July 2017

Barclay rallies Warriors for Leinster battle

Glasgow flanker John Barclay throws down the gauntlet to Leinster Photo: Getty Images
Glasgow flanker John Barclay throws down the gauntlet to Leinster Photo: Getty Images

Hugh Farrelly

GLASGOW flanker John Barclay has thrown down the gauntlet to Heineken Cup champions Leinster ahead of Friday night's Magners League clash at the RDS by declaring: "You don't frighten us any more."

Barclay and his Warriors team-mates are currently high on confidence after an excellent first half of the season which has left them top of the Magners League table with seven wins and a draw from 10 outings.

They achieved back-to-back wins over Scottish rivals Edinburgh during the holiday period and Barclay, the 13-times capped openside for Scotland who was one of the stars of Scotland's November campaign, believes it is time for Glasgow to measure themselves against Europe's finest.


"We now believe we're a good team and that we can beat anyone on our day -- which wasn't always the case," said the 23-year-old.

"We've never beaten Leinster away so that's the marker we want to put down. We want to stay top. We don't want to rest on our laurels.

"I can't remember us being top of the table this far into the season. I don't think that we always believed in ourselves but now we do, we know we are a good team and can beat anyone on our day."

Leinster are third in the table, five points behind Glasgow but have a game in hand after their match against Connacht was cancelled last Saturday due to a frozen pitch at the Sportsground.

They are due to name their squad today with openside flanker Shane Jennings expected to be included after completing the 12-week suspension imposed after the Heineken Cup meeting with London Irish last October.

Out-half Jonathan Sexton should also be named, having been out of action since injuring his hand in Ireland's win over South Africa at Croke Park in November while there is an outside chance that prop CJ van der Linde, who injured his calf against the Scarlets the week before Christmas, will also be included.

Leinster's Ireland contingent are also available for selection having not been named in the squad for the postponed match with Connacht last Saturday.

Irish Independent

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