Dooley expecting difficult contest with ‘tough’ Warriors
October 30, 2020 2:18 pm Ryan Corry
Leinster Rugby travel to Scotstoun Stadium on Monday evening to play Glasgow Warriors in Round 4 of the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 (KO 8.15pm).
Following a hard-fought encounter at the same venue last year, Leinster came away with a 23-10 win thanks to a brace of Cian Kelleher tries and a second half defensive stand in freezing conditions.
Prop Peter Dooley was one of those at the coalface that night and is gearing himself up for the same reception this time around.
“It’s obviously going to be tough over there. We’ve had fierce battles there over the years, good win there last year,” Dooley says.
“And, they’ll obviously be chomping at the bit after getting beat by Ospreys at the weekend. But, a tough team at home in Scotstoun, beat Scarlets there two weeks ago.
“So, I know well they’ll have a chip on their shoulder against us and be looking to tear into us on Monday night.”
With fellow looseheads Cian Healy and Ed Byrne currently involved with Ireland, Dooley is keen to impress during the international window.
With the culmination of the Guinness Six Nations followed by the Autumn Nations Cup, there will be ample opportunity for the Offaly man.
“That’s what we see these periods as, we call it the ‘own the jersey’ period and it’s time for people to step up,” he adds.
“It doesn’t matter what age you are, how many caps you have, if you’re given the jersey, you’ve that responsibility to do it justice and play well for Leinster.
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve one cap or 250 caps like Dev, you have to treat it with the respect it deserves.”