Friday 24 November 2017

Cheika to have Leinster ready for Brive test despite lack of game time

Hugh Farrelly

LEINSTER coach Michael Cheika has vowed to make the best of a bad situation after his side had a Magners League match called off for the second week in a row.

Leinster were due to take on league leaders Glasgow at the RDS last night but after another night of freezing temperatures the decision was taken to postpone the fixture.

Following the postponement of their clash with Connacht in Galway the weekend before, it means Leinster will go into their home Heineken Cup clash with Brive next weekend without having played a match since their St Stephen's Day victory over Ulster.

"Obviously we're disappointed that the game has been called off, but the weather overnight was too cold and there was no choice," said Cheika.

"We would have liked to have played this game before the Brive game next weekend, without a doubt, but we'll take the cards we're dealt and we'll get the best preparation possible under way ahead of that match."

Leinster were optimistic that the game would take place up until Thursday evening, but ground temperatures fell to -5 degrees overnight and a heavy frost set in which was followed by heavy snowfall early yesterday morning.

After an 11.0 pitch inspection, and following health and safety advice and consultation with match officials, as well as representatives from both clubs involved in the fixture, the pitch was deemed unplayable by RDS ground advisors.

"Unfortunately, the pitch is unplayable despite a huge amount of effort made by the RDS ground-staff over the last week to get the game played," said Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson.

"The weather just caught us out in the end because we were confident that it could go ahead up until yesterday evening

"Following Garda and Health & Safety advice, we had to consider supporters who would be travelling to the game from the far reaches of Leinster and beyond as well as the safety of the players as the roads and pathways around the ground are also treacherous."

Irish Independent

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