Carpenter Scott Baldwin aims to chisel out an Ospreys win in Leinster
AS a trainee carpenter, Scott Baldwin could easily be billed as the ideal man for the job of chiselling out a result at one of the toughest venues in Pro12 rugby.
But the Brynteg Comprehensive School product would probably be embarrassed by such a tag.
Nonetheless, at 6ft 2in and 17st 8lb, he is built like a wardrobe and will willingly fall on any blue-shirted Leinster opponents this evening if it means helping the Ospreys secure a victory at the RDS.
"I'm looking forward to the game," he said.
"We had a good start against Treviso last Saturday and have worked really hard this week.
"We came off the training paddock on Thursday having had a really tough session. There was a big edge, even from the boys who aren't travelling. There was intensity, attitude and big hits.
"It was great to train like that ahead of a game with such a good team."
Leinster have started the season in form, running in five tries against the Scarlets in a 42-19 rout in Llanelli which silenced those who had been wondering aloud whether the Dubliners would be the same force without the departed Joe Schmidt, Jonathan Sexton and Isa Nacewa.
Playmaker Sexton seemed a massively difficult player to replace, but against the Scarlets the debut-making New Zealander Jimmy Gopperth looked as if he had been a Leinster player all his life.
The Irish side's pretty patterns were still there, with the ball being worked wide courtesy of smooth passing, and in the second half the reigning Pro12 champions got their act together up front to win an increasing supply of possession.
"Leinster will throw the ball around more than Treviso, but to play an open game they need their forwards to clean out breakdowns rapidly to secure quick ball," said Baldwin.
"We know it will be a good test for us as a pack.
"It was great to win in Treviso, but we still have plenty to work on and that is good because we constantly want to get better as a group of forwards. In Treviso there were a number of mistakes that we will not be able to repeat against Leinster."
Last weekend's game in northern Italy was a milestone match for Baldwin, with his first try arriving for the Ospreys.
Before the score he could have been forgiven for feeling left out.
Richard Hibbard, after all, has eight touchdowns for the region, Duncan Jones three and Adam Jones the same number. Even Dimitri Arhip, a relative newcomer to the region, had joined the front-row try club at the Liberty.
But now Baldwin is part of it as well, five seasons after his debut.
"I was beginning to think it would never come," he said.
"The pleasing thing was the boys worked it well from a line-out, with James King winning the ball and Joe Rees sending it back. I just drove over.
"Before I got across I was wondering whether it was going to be a penalty try if Treviso dropped the maul because we'd had a couple of penalties before it, but fortunately that didn't happen and I managed to touch down. The main thing was we won the game."
Let's return to the world of sawdust and power saws that Baldwin inhabits once a week when he attends college for his carpentry course.
"It's good," he said. "The Ospreys encourage us to go out and get some qualifications, because rugby doesn't last forever.
"It'll be great to have something behind me when I finish. I'm buying my first house now and have been doing bits myself, like hanging doors. It would be nice to get the qualification behind me."
Certainly, Leinster must have some sturdy shelves at the RDS to accommodate all the trophies they have won in recent seasons.
It is too early in the campaign for anyone to talk of rattling those shelves.
But a positive result for the Ospreys, against a side who are in their Heineken Cup group, would be significant.
It doesn't get tougher in this league, though, or in European rugby, for that matter.
Steve Tandy's side may have a good record in Dublin, but a game there remains the acid test.
An intriguing encounter is in prospect.