Lineen: Warriors relishing ‘cup final’ against Leinster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

6 May 2012



Glasgow Warriors head coach Sean Lineen admits next week’s RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final play-off clash with Leinster will provide his side with the acid test.

Warriors made sure of their place in the knock-out stages with a comfortable 24-3 victory over Connacht at Firhill on Saturday as DTH van der Merwe and John Barclay both scored tries while Duncan Weir kicked four penalties and Ruaridh Jackson landed a conversion.

Leinster, who are chasing a Heineken Cup and RaboDirect PRO12 double, were already guaranteed a top spot and a home semi-final and the defending European champions have now lost just once since September.

And while Lineen, who will leave the Warriors in the summer, was in buoyant mood after an impressive win over Connacht, he is in doubt as to the size of the challenge that awaits at the RDS.

"The expectation is high," he said. "The players will be positive – this is our cup final. They're the best team in Europe and the most consistent, which is what you measure yourself against.

“Momentum is coming, and it's going to be great next season when we move to Scotstoun, but for now, it's all about the next two games.

"It was tough against Connacht, they're a tough team.

"The main thing was the territory battle – we had to make sure we won that to keep them wide.”