Friday 20 September 2019

Glasgow boss Dave Rennie says his side need to be clinical to defeat 'European powerhouses' Leinster

Head coach Dave Rennie during the Glasgow Warriors captain's run at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Head coach Dave Rennie during the Glasgow Warriors captain's run at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie says his side will need to be clinical to put Leinster to the sword in tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 final.

The New Zealander oversaw his side's final training session at Celtic Park this morning and named an unchanged team to the one that put 50 points on Ulster at Scotstoun in the semi-final a week ago.

Leinster have recalled Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney and Scott Fardy to their side and Rennie is expecting a tougher challenge than what they faced last weekend.

"It’s hard to accurately say what more we need but we know we can play better, defend better but we were really clinical against Ulster," he said.

"I don’t imagine we will have the same number of opportunities against Leinster, but if we get them, we need to nail them.

"Leinster are a powerhouse in Europe, they’ll be tough to roll. There is plenty to play for and we expect to see the boys front (up)."

This is the first time the final has been held in Glasgow and the Warriors are keen to make home advantage camp.

"We’d sooner play here than at Aviva, no doubt. We’ll have our family and friends, the whole squad here… being here at home everyone involved in the organization can be in the stand or be involved," he said.

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"The field is immaculate, (the stadium has) a bit of a South African feel to it. It’s a massive stadium; big, high walls, crowd pretty close. It’ll be special.

"There’s a lot of excitement, clearly. We’re where we want to be, we talked about putting ourselves in a final at home.

"We haven’t over-trained, we’ve prepared really well. We’ve plenty in the tank.

"It’ll be awesome, we’ll get a few more walk-ins, it’d be great. It’s a hell of an effort from the Glasgow community."

The game will be Scotland star Stuart Hogg’s final game for the club before he moves to Exeter Chiefs after the World Cup and Rennie says he’s had a job on his hands to contain his full-back’s enthusiasm this week.

"We tried to put the breaks on him today, he went berserk yesterday in training! When he saw there was a short pitch, he was trying to line a couple of kicks up from his own ’22," he said.

"He’s just an excitement machine, he’s desperate to go out on a big note.

"It’d be brilliant for him, but as much as it’s about the environment and the occasion, it’s about the quality of the opposition."

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