McGrath ready for Quins assault

Date published: December 2 2014

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Leinster prop Jack McGrath believes their upcoming clashes with Harlequins will define the Irish province’s season.

Leinster prop Jack McGrath believes their upcoming clashes with Harlequins will define the Irish province’s season.

The two teams are tied on eight points at the top of Pool Two thanks to victories in the tournament’s opening two rounds.

Leinster face Harlequins at the Stoop on Sunday before hosting the English side at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on December 13.

“These games can definitely define your season,” said McGrath.

“I suppose we are treating it as a cup final.

“But you have to look at the European competition last season when we went over to Northampton and got a good result but slipped up the next week so we’re taking it game by game.

“Getting every point you can out of games is imperative if you want to get a home quarter-final, because it’s pretty tough to get wins away from home.”

Leinster are looking to build on early wins over Wasps and Castres but McGrath expects Harlequins to offer tougher resistance and highlighted their attacking threats.

“Obviously Joe Marler, their captain, is a very strong scrummager for Harlequins and England, he’s a top quality player,” he added.

“They’ve got Chris Robshaw as well, who’s captain of England. He goes all day and his a hard man to put down.

“Mike Brown is pretty dangerous with his carrying and kicking so we’ll have to keep a close eye on him as well.”

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