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It hurts when I don't start

Good first half, frustrating second. That's how it looked, that's how it felt, and that's how it was. It's unusual to be in a dressing room after a good European win and have the feeling of frustration like there was on Sunday afternoon.

The week leading up to the game was very good. The whole squad had put a lot of prep work into Glasgow, the training was sharp, the warm-up was as good as it has been all year, and we started the game really well.

Everything was spot on and the lads performed in the first half scoring some great tries.

Unfortunately we didn't perform as well in the second half; we were not as accurate in all areas of the game and this lead to a frustrating second 40 minutes.

The most important thing to take from the game is that we got five points and we're in control of our pool. We have put ourselves in a good position to take on Bath back-to-back in a few weeks time, which will be another massive test for us.

It had been a difficult week for me personally. When Joe (Schmidt) announced the team I was on the bench. I know I wasn't the only player in the room hurting but I was certainly hurting. I, like every player on the Leinster squad, want to play every week and it's tough when you're not picked.

As a professional rugby player one of the main driving forces is a selfishness for success and a selfishness to be involved every week -- especially in the big European games. If a player doesn't have this and if he's not hurting when he's not involved, then he's in the wrong game!

These are the coaches calls and once the team is announced you have to perform your role, whether it's starting or on the bench or not, to the best of your ability. The most important thing is that the team comes first.


As it happened, around the same time, I had been asked to do a photo with a charity I am fortunate enough to be involved with.

It's the Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin, which provides accommodation, care, comfort and support for families whose children are seriously ill and inpatients in the hospital.

I did a photo with three great lads; Leo from Cork, Shamie from Limerick and Barry from Letterkenny.

This experience soon put things into perspective and made me realise how lucky I am -- those three lads are braver and stronger than any rugby player I've ever met.

However, I do need to brush up on my WWE wrestler knowledge, as they were telling me all about John Cena and Sin Cara and I had no idea what they were talking about!

The Stadio di Monigo in Treviso is one of my favourite grounds in the league. It's a club with a proud history and some great players have played for Treviso over the years, including David Campese, Michael Lynagh and John Kirwan.

It's been a good week of training so far and we know what type of challenge Treviso will bring.

Last season we underperformed and it was a real low point of the campaign. We got what we deserved: a beating.

They're coming off a draw last week against the Ospreys in the Heineken Cup and they are currently lying in sixth place in the PRO12 table. We have approached this game like we did last week's as it will be a massive test for us.

They have a very strong side with a solid scrum and dangerous lineout along with some very physical players up front. There's also some real international talent in the back line and speed out wide.

As I said earlier, it's a great challenge for us and we are all looking forward to it and hopefully we can keep the momentum going.