Willis not underestimating ‘wounded’ Warriors

Guinness PRO12 Editor

16 Sep 2011


Leinster scrum-half Cillian Willis warned his side to beware the wounded Warriors as winless Glasgow travel to the RDS on Saturday in the RaboDirect PRO12.


The Heineken Cup champions, who overcame the Dragons 31-10 to get themselves off the mark, will be looking to extend their 28-game unbeaten home record.

The Warriors, who have lost against Ulster and Munster so far this season, will be looking to end a 13-game losing streak on Leinster soil in all competitions.

But while all the stats point to a home victory, Willis is adamant there’s no complacency in the Leinster ranks.

Willis said: “The Warriors are going to be disappointed and they’ll be wounded because they haven’t had the start they would have wanted.

“They’re a massively physical side, they fly off the line and absolutely flatten you and have made a few good signings and have good footballers as well.

“Troy Nathan who I played with at Connacht is in there so they have a bit of variety in their play but I have no doubt they’ll be coming at us all guns blazing.

“You can’t take anything for granted, Glasgow are certainly a very formidable side and you need to be on your game to compete against them.”

Leinster opened their campaign with a heavy 27-3 defeat away to Ospreys but despite getting back to winning ways against the Dragons, Willis is adamant they are far from happy with their early-season form.  

He added: “The mood is definitely better than last week, last week was a tough week, obviously given the performance against the Ospreys, so we battled on through and took it on the chin.

“It was an improvement against Dragons but it wasn’t a great performance. At times we probably let ourselves down but hopefully we can kick on from that.

“I thought there was a fair tempo to the first half and it was very physical as well both teams were really blowing.

“They just slipped off their concentration for a few minutes and we were lucky enough to take our chances, but I suppose there were a few chances we let go and they probably let a few go as well so they’ll be disappointed.”


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