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Leinster’s Isaac Boss: ‘It’s up to us to grab our game but Quins wouldn’t let us play the type of game the fans wanted to see’

Leinster’s Isaac Boss: ‘It’s up to us to grab our game but Quins wouldn’t let us play the type of game the fans wanted to see’

Leinster’s Isaac Boss: ‘It’s up to us to grab our game but Quins wouldn’t let us play the type of game the fans wanted to see’

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing; a lot even more so.

Leinster scrum-half Isaac Boss once played in the New Zealand Under-19 jersey.

He shared the experience of winning a World Cup with boys who grew into legends.

There were Richie McCaw, Jerry Collins, Tony Woodcock and Aaron Mauger.

Connacht's Mils Muliaina was one of them too.

Leinster will get t heir first experience of containing the remarkable man in the PRO12 League at The RDS on Friday night.

"Yeah, I know him well," said Boss.

"He's played a hundred games for the All Blacks and has an unbelievable amount of experience, especially with the young back line they have got.

"He is a leader but doesn't just lead by talk. He is very skilful and has that experience of knowing what to do and when to do it.

"He is a good guy and a lot of young players are feeding off him over there," he said.

The All Black centurion is not the only weapon Connacht have as another former Waikato Chief, Bundee Aki, has shown steel in the midfield.

"Bundee is a lightening player and very physical too. They are getting stronger as the season is going on and it's going to be tough."

These two appear to provide Connacht with a different dimension to complement the primary threats of scrum-half Kieron Marmion and centre Robbie Henshaw.

There is also the relief and options they provide for inexperienced half-backs in Jack Carty, Craig Ronaldson and last Saturday's Challenge Cup two-try hero Caolan Blade.

"Well, I dont know if it's added too much of a different dimension, but it strengthens them," said Boss.

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"It probably takes the load off guys like Henshaw's shoulders and the young 10s, they can express themselves a bit more and that is probably key for Connacht.

"Those two guys coming in, just the experience. They know that they can take hard decisions or step up to the plate when they need to and let the rest of the guys just worry about their own performance.

"They don't have to worry too much about being in control of the game as much.

"That's what experience does."

Boss still believes Leinster can be a force in Europe as well as in defence of their League title.

"Well, I'd back ourselves to beat anyone, anywhere - we have done it before. You know what I mean?"

There is a month between now and rounds five and six in the Champions Cup and the quarter-finals won't come into view until the start of April.

"You can't judge a performance now, against Quins in December, about how we go if we make it to a playoff later in the season, against a possible opponent. That's a long way down the track."

The building blocks have to be put in place. Leinster have to solve their set-piece issues for Boss or Eoin Reddan to have the base from which to trigger attacks.

However, the immediate reality is that The Blues, in fifth, hold a slender one-point lead over Connacht in sixth at a time when The Western Province are fresh from their second-string side beating Bayonne in France.

The mood in both clubs couldn't be more contrasting as Leinster struggle to find any real rhythm.

"It's a bit disrespectful looking back then when in five days time we have Connacht, that's probably more important to us right now," he added.

"We have looked at Quins and we know where we could have done better.

"We have to move on pretty quickly. We have Connacht, Munster, Ulster.

"If we dwell too much on Quins and how we're going to beat Toulon later on, if we get them, then Connacht will come here and turn us over."


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