Leinster v Glasgow Warriors: Danny Wilson says league table shows Leinster beatable as coach makes big flanker call


Gregor Brown will start for the Glasgow Warriors against Leinster in Dublin. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group)

Wilson knows his side are in the midst of a miserable four-game losing streak and have an aversion to away wins, but the Glasgow manager still believes they can pull off an upset in Dublin on Saturday against England. team that finished top of the URC.

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“The last game of last season, we beat Leinster here,” he said. “Glasgow have been going to Leinster lately and winning against strong teams. Leinster are obviously a very good team, we know that and they finished top for a reason. But I told the boys there was only three wins between us and Leinster in the league. They had 13 wins out of our 10.

“The games they lost were late in close games and that gives us confidence that they are not an unbeaten team. They were beaten again this weekend. There is a whole series of reasons why I think we can go there and win.

“The challenge has been to improve our away record. I’m sorry to dwell on that, but that’s the reality and it’s not a bigger challenge than going to Leinster as a coach. ‘outsider. We have a free shot to go there and have a real chance in a game where maybe few people give us a huge chance.

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Glasgow disappointed after losing 28-11 to Edinburgh last month, but Wilson gave underachieving Murrayfield a chance at redemption, remaining with 14 of the starters. The only change is at the open flank where young Gregor Brown replaces bench Tom Gordon.

Aberdeen-born Brown has missed more than a year with a knee injury but has been gradually reintroduced in recent weeks.

“He brings a physical presence which I think we will need at Leinster,” Wilson said. “He can play six and seven and had some really good games for us. He’s come off the bench several times and now he’s ready to start.

Wilson mixed things up on the bench where he was able to bring back experienced campaigners Fraser Brown and George Horne from injury.

Fraser Brown came in last season’s win over Leinster and returns to the Glasgow squad for Saturday’s game in Dublin. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)

A defeat in Dublin would end Glasgow’s season, but a win would see them rewarded with a home semi-final against the Bulls or Sharks. It’s a huge motivation against opponents who can still feel the physical and emotional effects of last weekend’s latest loss to La Rochelle.

Glasgow have the ability to rise to the occasion, as this season’s wins over Munster and Exeter Chiefs have shown. But these two games took place at Scotstoun and the Warriors will have to find a cure for their motion sickness if they want to succeed in the surprise at the RDS.

Glasgow manager Danny Wilson stuck with the players who lost to Edinburgh. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group)
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