Leinster v Glasgow Warriors, Heineken Cup, November 20, 2011
Buoyant Warriors descend on Dublin
ESPNscrum Staff
November 18, 2011
Leinster hooker Sean Cronin celebrates his score, Montpellier v Leinster, Heineken Cup, Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France, November 12, 2011
Sean Cronin's try got Leinster right back into their clash with Montpellier last weekend © Getty Images
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After stunning Bath in their opening Heineken Cup fixture of the new campaign, Glasgow Warriors turn their attention to reigning champions Leinster this weekend.

Glasgow appeared to be heading for defeat when All Blacks hero Stephen Donald slotted over a 78th-minute penalty at Firhill last Sunday. However, Glasgow rallied and snatched a famous win when Richie Gray crashed over in injury time. Consequently, they will be looking forward to their trip to the RDS, a ground they have already won at this year, having defeated Leinster 23-19 in the RaboDirect PRO12 back in September.

Leinster, though, did not have their Ireland stars on show that day so the Heineken Cup holders will be anticipating a very different game on Sunday afternoon. However, Joe Schmidt will be calling for a much improved display from his troops anyway, given that the province almost suffered defeat away to Montpellier last weekend only to nick a draw thanks to a last-minute penalty from Jonathan Sexton.

Leinster - Player to Watch: Sean Cronin was sensational when he came off the bench against Montpellier last week - crossing the line in the process - and coach Joe Schmidt will hope for more of the same from his hooker.

Leinster - Team News: Eoin Reddan makes his first start of the season and partners Jonathan Sexton at half back in a backline which shows two changes from the one which started against Montpellier. With Fergus McFadden ruled out with a dead leg, Eoin O'Malley comes in for his third Heineken Cup appearance and the 23-year-old partners Gordon D'Arcy at centre. Sean Cronin makes his first Heineken Cup start in the front row beside fellow Ireland international Mike Ross and Heinke van der Merwe. Leo Cullen partners Devin Toner in the second-row with Kevin McLaughlin continuing alongside Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip in the back-row.

Glasgow Warriors - Player to Watch: Chris Cusiter found himself on the wrong end of a few charge downs against Bath and he will look to show the Scottish selectors that he is the best option at scrum-half with the 2012 Six Nations just over two months away.

Glasgow Warriors - Team News: Two of the three changes to the squad from the one which took on Bath are injury-enforced with Peter Murchie replacing Rob Dewey at outside centre, and Finlay Gillies coming onto the bench to cover for Dougie Hall, who is suffering from a dead leg. Loose-head prop Jon Welsh, meanwhile, makes his return as a substitute, having recovered from the ankle injury he sustained on the first night of the RaboDirect PRO12 season away to Ulster

Key Battle: The evergreen Leo Cullen is up against hot prospect Richie Gray in the second-row and he will hope to use his years of experience to overcome the threat of the Sale Shark in waiting.

Trivia: Leinster have lost only one of their last 19 Heineken Cup games in Dublin

Stats: Glasgow have lost their last four away games in the Heineken Cup

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"We have now just begun a massive period in the season and it is vital that we approach the Glasgow game in a positive frame of mind. They beat us narrowly earlier this season in the League so we know how difficult they are as opponents. This weekend, we would like to turn that result around."
- Leinster lock Devin Toner looks forward to welcoming Glasgow on Sunday

"The task is a huge one - go to the home of the reigning Heineken Cup holders and come away with the sort of result that hardly any visiting team has managed in the past couple of years."
- Glasgow boss Sean Lineen is under no illusions to the threat posed by Leinster

Prediction: Leinster will make amends for their first round draw with a bonus point win against the Warriors on Sunday

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