Saturday 16 December 2017

Healy wary of Scottish 'collision kings'

Leinster's Cian Healy has undergone knee surgery
Leinster's Cian Healy has undergone knee surgery
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

After a week off to manage his work-load, Cian Healy returned to training on Monday rejuvenated and ready to help his side build on the victory over Ulster last time out.

Healy's time off came as a 'surprise' to him but he used the break to catch up on his fitness.

The win over Ulster has given Leinster a much-needed boost after consecutive defeats in the Champions Cup but tomorrow's clash against the defending champions Glasgow Warriors is just as crucial as the Blues look to continue their climb up the Pro12 ladder.

"There's big positivity in there and we'd had a couple of meetings before the time off, so coming in and getting to put all of that into place was nice," Healy said.

"It was an important win, we wanted to show that we could bounce back and come together as a unit, as all of our units - pack, backline and all that.

"I think by all accounts training went well last week and the lads worked everything through in scrum and lineout, what we wanted to achieve. From looking at it, it went through well to the game.

"It's been pretty hectic getting back into the swing of things, but it's been enjoyable.

"It was strange then getting a week (off) last week to get the body in check.

"I'm happy enough to chill out. I did a bit, did a bit of running and stuff to keep the lungs burning, but I'd steer clear of the gym and all that for a while."

Glasgow sit just one place behind Leinster and the Scots have had their own problems this season but Healy knows how dangerous they are, especially at the breakdown.

Glasgow have won their last three league games since Leinster beat them at the RDS in October and with all the returning World Cup players back in tow, Healy is expecting another titanic contest.

"They're fairly dangerous at the breakdown. I think they've been collision kings or whatever it's called for a couple of years," the loosehead prop maintained.

"It's a dangerous part of it, if we get stuck on our own we're going to turn over a lot of ball.

"I think that part of their game, if we nail that well, it's something that will bring us along for the rest of the season.

“That’s something that could massively pay off for us down the line if we nail that in our ruck and our tackle area.”

Healy praised the influence that Leo Cullen has had on the players and in particular the younger ones.

Competition for places is as strong as it as been for some time and Healy has welcomed that as he feels it will only improve the squad’s all-round performances.

“I’ve kinda done everything with Leo so it was seamless enough. Even the way he went in as forwards coach last year and then stepping in this year.

“It’s a good environment. It’s all positive. We wouldn’t go for coffees now like we used to but there’s great mutual respect there from the players to the coaches.

“It’s the same situation, I’ve played with Fogs (John Fogarty) as well. We’ve done the hard yards together.

“Fogs is naturally enough able to work with each of the players needs and how things will work.

“It’s a situation in the right place now where you’ve worked so hard with these people and seeing what they want for the club when they’re playing so when they’re talking to you, it’s just oozing positivity and it’s just a nice place to be.”

Irish Independent

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