Feek: Davies will be Thorn in our side

Des Berry

LEINSTER scrum coach Greg Feek has pointed to Cardiff Blue lock Bradley Davies as their "Brad Thorn" ahead of the Heineken Cup quarter-final at The Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

"Bradley Davies is a big man. He's like Brad Thorn in terms of physical size and presence. He'll certainly stir things up as well," said Feek.

There was certainly plenty of the enforcer about the 6'6", 19-stone Davies when he picked up Donnacha Ryan and dropped him on his head in the Six Nations.

For that indiscretion, he received a seven-match ban from which he returned for The Blues at the weekend in their 31-3 humiliation at Glasgow Warriors.

"They've got Gethin Jenkins, who is one of the best loose-heads in the world. John Yapp, I've seen him pick tight-heads up off the ground and carry them forward.

"Sometimes the teams with nothing to lose are the worse ones to play. These guys, they'll turn up. Everyone is talking us up. But, we're fully aware that we need to be on our game.

"They've got world-class Welsh players on paper. There's Jamie Roberts. The list goes on. It is a shame they've lost Sam Warburton. But they've got Martyn Williams."


Leinster have no serious injury concerns with Eoin O'Malley (calf) scheduled to train this week, though it is unlikely he will feature in the match day squad.

Meanwhile, Feek has been identified as the man who uncovered New Zealander Michael Bent as a 'possible' part of the solution to Ireland's prop problems when he transfers from the Wellington Hurricanes in the summer.

"He is a 25-year old from New Zealand. He is Irish (qualified) with a sister living in Dublin," said Feek. "I first met him when he was playing for Taranaki 'B' when I was working for The Hurricanes.

"Since then, he has come through. He is still relatively inexperienced and young as a prop. The Irish passport was something he certainly felt was a way of getting over here.

"He has played tight-head. He can play loose-head. He is on his way over for next season.

"Everywhere in the world, even in France and England, you are always looking for tight-heads to develop. "We will certainly look at him there."