Jackman calls on Leinster young guns to maintain their push for glory
Published 18/03/2010 | 05:00
Bernard Jackman has called upon Leinster's flying young guns to continue their march towards an unprecedented league and cup triumph.
No Irish team has ever captured both the Heineken and Magners crowns in one year, but Michael Cheika's side are thirsting for success -- even with the majority of their regulars absent on their own trophy chase with Ireland.
"The win over Cardiff was satisfying because everyone stepped up to the plate," said tonight's captain against Glasgow, in reference to the province's efforts in succeeding where the other Irish sides failed miserably earlier this month -- winning a league tie without their senior stars.
"It was a real team performance and some of the younger guys really put it up to them which gives you a good lift," added hooker Jackman. "That dressing-room afterwards was a pretty happy place to be in and it was up there with some of our big Heineken Cup wins over the years.
"From a forwards perspective, our set-piece went well and this week we know that we will need to be as sharp, if not sharper again. We're exactly where we want to be at the top of the Magners League and we've got to push on from here.
"Glasgow are a side who always put it up to you. Scottish sides sometimes don't get the respect that they deserve, yet themselves and Edinburgh are right up on the top end of the Magners League table. But we know all about the threats that they can pose.
"How we interpret the laws will be a factor and we have done a lot of work on this area of the game. The teams that adapt quicker will have more success so they're here to stay until the Rugby World Cup at least and we just have to get on with it.
"It is a huge honour to be asked to lead the team out again, but the mindset from our point of view is that we must back up our recent wins and everyone who is selected has an opportunity to stake a claim on a Leinster shirt."
Malcolm O'Kelly will make his 180th appearance for Leinster, who will also be missing their title-chasing Ireland U-20 players this evening, while on the other end of the spectrum there's a first home start for Eoin O'Malley, continuing his blooming centre partnership with Fergus McFadden, and Paul Ryan (21), who made his senior debut for the province away to the Dragons last December.
Leinster -- G Dempsey; Simon Keogh, E O'Malley, F McFadden, I Nacewa; S Berne, P O'Donohue; CJ van der Linde, B Jackman (capt), M Ross, D Toner, M O'Kelly, K McLaughlin, P Ryan, Stephen Keogh. Reps: R Strauss, S Wright, T Hogan, E Sheriff, C Keane, I Madigan, M Keating.
Glasgow -- B Stortoni; H O'Hare, P Murchie, P Horne, DTH van der Merwe; R Jackson, M McMillan (capt); J Welsh, D Hall, E Kalman, T Barker, D Turner, J Eddie, C Forrester, R Vernon.
Reps: F Thomson, M Low, R Harley, C Fusaro, C Gregor, D McCall, C Kinloch.
Ref -- Nigel Owens (WRU).