Wednesday 25 April 2018

Bent: We will not take Treviso for granted

Michael Bent. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Bent. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Michael Bent has warned against complacency on Sunday when Leinster resume their Pro12 title hunt in Treviso.

Several fringe players, including Bent, are set to be handed an opportunity to impress Leo Cullen with the majority of the front-liners also in Italy this weekend for their Six Nations clash.

Treviso have won just two games this season but, nevertheless, Bent insisted that their scrum has the potential to cause his side problems.

"They've got a decent pack," the prop said.

"They've always got competitive forwards and a scrum that goes well. We're certainly not thinking that we're going to be going over there and having it easy.

"We're going to have to make sure that we've got all of our i's dotted and t's crossed."

Bent accepts that there is an added responsibility on the shoulders of the senior players like himself but he believes that the squad is good enough to cope with this demanding Six Nations period.

"I think everyone has a pretty good understanding about what they are trying to do," Bent maintained.

"We're pretty good at that. There is definitely a pretty good group of guys here. We'll be feeling pretty comfortable that we're in a good spot. We wouldn't be feeling under too much pressure in too many positions, I wouldn't think.

"It's certainly a big opportunity for a lot of guys who perhaps haven't been getting a lot of game-time throughout the season. There will be a lot of guys putting their hand up and taking their opportunity."

Bent admitted that he wasn't always a vocal leader but that in recent years, it is something that he has added to his game.

The Kiwi-born Ireland international has seen plenty of game-time this season and he is eager to stake his claim even further in the coming weeks.

"There are a lot more young guys who are involved in training," he explained.

Leadership

"With a lot of the senior boys being away with Ireland, it's perhaps more just the voice in and around training. We have to take a bit more leadership.

"In training, there are things that we do week-to-week which we all know inside and out. Some of the guys coming in aren't quite as clued-in to that. So it is important to pull them aside and say, 'Look, that's not really what we do in those situations', so that we're all on the same page.

"It's important. When I was younger, it's something I probably didn't do as much but it's something I try and do a little bit more now. Not only does it help other guys out but it helps me get clarity right as well."

Irish Independent

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