Another good win last weekend for Leinster and it was very satisfying to get the four points against a tough Ospreys side in very poor conditions. We are aware that the performance in general could have been a lot better in areas but winning our league games in this block during the Six Nations is very important so we are happy.
It was even better to do in the Gnoll, the home of Neath RFC. I wasn't involved in the match-day squad but I remember trips like that back when I was starting out. Nowadays the locations that we play in and the facilities are, by and large, excellent.
A few of the away dressing-rooms could be bigger but that is the oldest trick in the book to make the away team and their prep ahead of the game as awkward as possible.
But certainly the facilities and the surfaces that we play on are light years ahead of where they were. That is why every now and then it is good to reconnect and to experience something out of the ordinary and that takes players out of their comfort zones.
For the younger lads in particular going to Neath and experiencing the cramped conditions and the old-style feel of the ground, and even better to come away with a gritty win, will be brilliant for their development.
It was also an old-school ground in that the crowd was right on top of you and hugely vocal. Sometimes you have to win dirty and you have to go to a place where you are completely outside of the norm. And to do that in the manner that they did will be a really good experience that will stand to them in the careers.
Over the same weekend, we had the other side of the coin when Ireland took on England at the magnificent Twickenham Stadium in the Six Nations. It really is a brilliant place to play but a hugely difficult place to go and win. They won't be the last Ireland team to experience that feeling at the home of English rugby.
In truth, Ireland had a tough day at the office as England really turned up on the day in Twickenham and put in a clinical performance. There will be many theories as to why that happened, some with merit, some without but I have no doubt that the players will be hugely focused on putting that to right in the remaining two games. Obviously there is now some doubt about that Italy game but they will want to get out there and put the England performance to right. Whether that is next weekend or against France.
In saying that it seemed like one of those days that wasn't to be for Ireland which was probably summed up by the George Ford try and that fortuitous bounce for their first try. Again, plenty of theories as to what went wrong, but a bounce of a ball gives them that start and then, credit where it is due, England just playing very well have to form part of the chat as well.
Over the years I've had some disappointing days against England in Twickenham and, as I said, it's certainly one of the toughest places to win, particularly when they start as well as they did last weekend. And then the crowd gets up! No matter how often you talk about it sometimes the opposition will get that start and to be fair England got the perfect start and then just kicked on and we couldn't stop their momentum.
And let's not forget either. Yes the Grand Slam is now gone but they have been here before and those lads will dust themselves off this week and hopefully a good win against Italy they could still be going to Paris playing for the Championship on the final day! So for all the disappointment, only France remain unbeaten and there is plenty still to play for.
The group in Leinster will get a few of those guys back from camp who haven't been involved as much as I am sure they'd like. Lads like Max Deegan, Luke McGrath and Dave Kearney which will be a great boost for the team to have those lads back. We saw how much they contributed to the performance two weeks ago against the Cheetahs and I have no doubt that it will be the same this evening against Glasgow.
With Glasgow playing so well at the moment and playing some great rugby, we are well aware the threat they pose. They came to the RDS last season and beat us so they will have a lot of confidence that they can come and get a result on our home patch. There is not too many teams that come to the RDS with that confidence but they are definitely one of them and they back it up time and time again.
We are very proud of our home record this year and we will be doing everything we can to retain our winning run. Glasgow similar to us have a squad littered with quality players, regardless of the bodies they lose to the Scottish side during this testing period for teams.
There has been a lot of rotation over the past few weeks and the coaches have handed opportunities to a lot of players to put their hand up for selection. We have had a shorter week with the Friday kick-off obviously but the week has been really good and we have got through some really tough and constructive sessions working on the things we want to bring into the game.
Hopefully we can get another full house at the RDS as it's so important to us to have our supporters there in droves for every home game. Hopefully you'll be there in blue to cheer us on and be the 16th man.