Friday 24 November 2017

Home loss to Glasgow still rankles -- Browne

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Glasgow ended Leinster's 28-game unbeaten home run back in September, and lock Damian Browne has admitted his side are more than a little wary ahead of the Scottish team's visit to Dublin on Sunday.

And even though Leinster were without a host of regulars due to the World Cup for that loss, Browne, who has played his rugby abroad for the last few seasons, has seen massive improvement from Glasgow.

"It's very fresh in our minds, they were the ones who took away a very long and proud home record. We are very wary of them but we've put the concentration on ourselves this week and we'll play the way we know we can," said Browne, who was speaking at the launch of 'Rhapsody in Blue', the book that illustrates the journey to Leinster's 2011 Heineken Cup victory.

"They're actually quite a clinical outfit, very solid in the set-piece and they have a very good line-out. Their scrum is good, they're definitely improving all the time. It was my first experience playing against them for many a year and they are a totally different side to what I remember."

Leinster said they are "hopeful" Ireland prop Cian Healy will be available for the game and confirmed that promising flanker Dominic Ryan will visit a specialist to ascertain the extent of damage he suffered to his ankle in British and Irish Cup win over Esher.

Glasgow have won their last five on the bounce including beating Bath in Firhill last weekend. In-form Scottish international Richie Gray scored the game's crucial try and Browne acknowledged that he will take some watching.

"Gray's about 6ft 9ins and 120-odd kilos, they are big and they're quite a physical team especially at the tackle area.

"They have a very good back five -- Gray and Kellock are a formidable combination. Gray has been playing very good stuff any time I've seen him, he's been very impressive, while Kellock leads the line very well.

"Our first Heineken Cup home game makes it a big occasion, especially with the lads winning it last season. You can't afford to lose your first Heineken Cup game at home or you're out of it."

Irish Independent

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