Rob McCusker: Scarlets face test of character against Leinster in Heineken Cup
SCARLETS skipper Rob McCusker has admitted tomorrow’s Heineken Cup clash against Leinster in Dublin will be a massive test of his side’s character.
The West Walians are rank outsiders to upset the odds at the RDS, going into the tie on the back of heavy defeats to the Ospreys and Ulster and having failed to win any of their pool matches in the competition to date. Injuries have also hit the Scarlets hard in recent weeks with Wales wing George North the latest casualty and fellow Grand Slam winner Jonathan Davies a doubt for the match.
Defending Heineken Cup champions Leinster are expected to be close to full strength for the match, with British Lions Brian O’Driscoll, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald having returned to action last weekend.
And McCusker acknowledges a major examination awaits his men.
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“You definitely learn a lot about people’s characters in a period like this and none more so than on Saturday. We will see,” said the North Walian.
“Leinster have got some great players. Whether it’s international, Heineken or Rabo they are quality players who we will have to get to grips with early.
“Across the board they have got players who can do damage to you. We will be highlighting a particular focus from certain individuals but we also know, if we take our eye off the rest of them, we could be hurt.”
Leinster are targeting a handsome victory, decorated with a bonus point, to maintain their hopes of making the knockout stages and continuing the defence of their European crown.
“We’re fully aware of what they need out of it and we are confident we can spoil their ambitions of getting any further,” added McCusker.
“They may be a bit more confident after what they have seen of us over the last couple of weeks, but if we can iron out all these little errors, we will be a lot closer to where we need to be.”