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Patience is key as Leinster prepare to battle Warriors

PATIENCE is a virtue. Leinster will have to show it in their play at the same time as forwards coach Jono Gibbes has shown it in his career.

Leinster v Glasgow Warriors, The RDS, tomorrow (KO 7.35) Live TG4

Gibbes wants to be a head coach sometime in the future. He just feels this is not the right time to lay it all on the line. "I considered putting my name forward for the Leinster job, but there were a few factors that helped me decide. I sought some pretty good counsel," he said.

"What I learnt from the two previous coaches, this guy (Matt O'Connor) really interested me. His background was different again and I felt that I'm still a young coach and I could learn something off Matt."

Gibbes was keen to stress the affection he holds for Leinster and how it is an aim of his to be the head man here. He should be ready in three years' time. "It would be an awesome opportunity, privilege-wise. I would give it serious consideration before I took the reins or put myself in position. It's such a big thing. It is something I would really cherish and I'd want to make sure I'd enhance it."

For the moment, it is the final, not the semi-final, where Leinster have encountered problems in the Pro12 League, losing out to the Ospreys in 2010 and 2012 and Munster in 2011.

In fact, the Irish province have won all of their last six semi-finals in this league and in Europe as a mark of their consistency in the time of outgoing coach Joe Schmidt, who has been there for five of them.

There is respect from Leinster for the improvement shown by Glasgow for the way they have made proper use of their back-three strike power.

This will be a clash of like-minded attacking philosophies, Glasgow scoring the most tries in the regular league season (66) and leaking the second-lowest number (30).

There is slight concern over Sean O'Brien, who has a calf strain, and Shane Jennings is ready to step in if the Tullow man can't play.

LEINSTER: R Kearney; F McFadden, B O'Driscoll, G D'Arcy, I Nacewa; J Sexton, I Boss; C Healy, R Strauss, M Ross; L Cullen (capt), D Toner; K McLaughlin, S O'Brien, J Heaslip.

Verdict: Leinster


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