Sunday 15 December 2019

O'Connor and Kearney call on blues to produce faultless finale

Rob Kearney and Brian O'Driscoll are all smiles in training training ahead of tomorrow's Pro12 final which will be O'Driscoll's final game before he retires
Rob Kearney and Brian O'Driscoll are all smiles in training training ahead of tomorrow's Pro12 final which will be O'Driscoll's final game before he retires
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has warned that his side must prove that they have learned from their Heineken Cup defeat to Toulon as they entertain one of Europe's form teams in tomorrow evening's Pro12 final.

Glasgow have won their last nine league games on the bounce and O'Connor is adamant that nothing

less than a faultless Leinster performance will suffice against Gregor Townsend's side.

"What that (Toulon defeat) teaches us is that you can't be off. If you're 10pc off, you're not going to win at this level, the margins are that tight," he said.

"We need to make sure that we control all the things that go into a top quality performance for us. We need to actually produce all the things that make us a really good side on Saturday night, because if you do that, then you give yourself every chance.

"If you don't, well then you've got no excuse because you know you're not good enough."

Rob Kearney echoed his coach's sentiments, but added that the onus is on Leinster as the home team to seize the initiative.

The sides have already met twice this season with victory going to the home team each time.

"They've come on hugely this year. I think they're better – their coaching staff looks better, they're much more direct, they have a really good team ethic and they seem to play for each other a lot," Kearney insisted.

"At the start of the year they beat us comfortably. I know we didn't have too strong a side, but there is an advantage playing at home.

"Sometimes teams going away from home, if you can set out your stall early, maybe for 30, 40, 50 minutes, you don't know how the opposition's mental strength will be.

"It puts an onus on us to come out of the blocks early and see what they are made of."

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