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We want silverware - Lamont

30th May 2014 14:20


Sean Lamont Glasgow 2012

Strong figure: Sean Lamont

Experienced Glasgow Warriors winger Sean Lamont says his side crave silverware after a difficult period for Scottish rugby.

While the bulk of the media attention focuses on Brian O'Driscoll and his final match on Saturday, the showdown between Lamont's teammates and the Leinstermen in Dublin offers the Scottish game's first chance of silverware since the Calcutta Cup in 2008, and the Five Nations Championship in 1999.

And 33-year-old Lamont admits that, alongside head coach Gregor Townsend, the PRO12 trophy is a powerful draw following such a lengthy time stuck in the Test rugby doldrums.

"I've been trying for long enough to get some silverware, Gregor really wants it as well, so the desire is there," Lamont told The Scotsman.

"We've got a great team, a great squad and we can do it, but it's just about having the right level of readiness - not being over the top and too excited - but being clinical and doing your job with absolute pinpoint accuracy.

"We've got a lot of experienced guys, we've got a lot of guys who have been capped internationally and this is basically a Test match.

"There is nowhere after this. It's all or nothing, winner takes all, and there is no comeback - it's either bridesmaid or bride."

If the Warriors are to rain on O'Driscoll's parade and pull off a remarkable victory at the RDS, they must overcome a daunting Leinster record that has seen them go unbeaten domestically on home turf since March 2013.

But that hasn't put off Lamont's fellow Glasgow and Scotland flyer Tommy Seymour, who has been in fine form this season, scoring a memorable hat-trick against Treviso earlier this month.

"It has been my best season for Glasgow. I have been with Warriors since 2011, but this season has definitely topped the lot for me," Seymour told the Glasgow Evening Times.

"Obviously we have been very close in the last two play-off semis with Leinster at the RDS, and in particular in last season's semi, we felt that if we had taken it to extra-time we had a real chance to go on and win.

"But what we have to do is put all of that experience to good use this time around.

"We know the environment we are going into, we know the team we are up against very well, so it is not a journey into the unknown and we know that these games with Leinster swing on very small margins.

"We will be going there with a bit of a chip on our shoulder, but we are very much going there with the belief that we can get the win."

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