SO HERE we are. It's been a long season and we are happy to find ourselves in two finals this weekend and one to follow. Tonight sees the senior side take on Stade Francais in the Amlin final in the RDS, with the 'A' team taking on Newcastle away in the B&I Cup final.
Unfortunately the games are on at the same time, but it would be a great night for Leinster if we won two trophies. The 'A' team have had a fantastic campaign with some of the younger lads performing really well and after a hard-fought win in the semis against Munster, it would be an excellent achievement to come away from Newcastle with a trophy.
We all know that we must improve on Saturday's performance. Glasgow are a very good side, but we didn't play as well as we know we can. It was a very frustrating game and to be fair, we probably just did enough to deserve it. It was great to get the win, as there were a lot of nerves going around the changing room before the game. It's extremely satisfying to reach another final, but from having been here before, it's not a lot of fun getting to a final and not winning it.
There have been different challenges each year when reaching the PRO 12 final and this year is no different. We are fully focused on tonight and to be honest, that's all that really matters for now. Yes we want to win the league, but we also want to win the Amlin and give our loyal supporters something to cheer about. It's massively disappointing not being in the Heineken Cup final, but it would be fantastic for everyone involved to do a job tonight.
The most enjoyable part of being a professional rugby player is winning. Winning trophies for Leinster is the most important thing and thankfully that culture and that demand has continued over the last number of years. This may sound bad, but you have to be selfish and you have to be greedy when it comes to this, both individually and collectively.
We are under no illusions about how difficult it is going to be. Stade are a tremendous team. Well balanced with power up front and speed out wide. They have a formidable scrum and they will look to take us on up front especially in line-out mauls.
They have a few standout players such as Sergio Parisse at number eight who is probably one of the best back-rowers in the world at the moment. They deserve a lot of respect and have a good track record in this competition, so it will be a huge challenge and one we are all looking forward to in Leinster.
It will be great to catch up with a few old friends over the weekend too.
Stan Wright will be involved in the match day squad, but unfortunately Felipe (Contepomi) won't be as he is injured.
These two guys were hugely popular among the squad and supporters in their time here and it will be great to catch up with them. Two different personalities, but two lads who offered a great deal to the club and helped us achieve success in their time here.
It's been a great season so far and we want to finish on a high. It's had its ups and downs, but as always, your support has been incredible. On behalf of the players, I just want to say a big thank you and let's hope we will all be celebrating with three trophies come next Saturday evening.