Hooker Tom McCartney is looking forward to his first run out at Scotstoun Stadium when Connacht take on the PRO12 champions this Friday night (kick off 7:45pm).

“We’re expecting a bounce back from a fired up Glasgow side who won’t be happy with their own result last week” McCartney said. “I thought their opponents Scarlets were outstanding; they really disrupted them, especially at the breakdown.

“I’ve never played up there so I’m looking forward to it. Everyone will be well up for it against the defending champs. But we’ve just got to go back to our processes. I know it sounds a bit boring but that’s what you’ve got to do to get through games and build scores to win. “

The New Zealander, who turned 30 on Sunday, said he was pleased with the opening day victory over Dragons at the Sportsground:

“Yes there were frustrations but the main thing was to get the win and to do that was very pleasing. To see Fionn sprinting away to score the last try was great…I was a bit buggered way back on the half way line.

“Overall I think our forward pack was quite strong. We started off really well and altogether we won 17 of 19 lineouts. So we just need to tidy up some of the detail there. I felt we got a couple of good shoves on them early with the scrum as well.”

Commenting on the last-gasp penalty that allowed Dragons to steal a losing bonus point, McCartney said:

“To be honest, we would have been more frustrated that we didn’t get the fourth try bonus point rather than worrying what they took or didn’t take for the game.

“There’s always going to be things you can improve on so you go back through the process and look at the game in detail. We parked that on Monday after the review and it was all about Glasgow then.“

Now in his second season at Connacht, McCartney has established himself as a mainstay in the front row and says he is enjoying the leadership role that comes with the territory:

“Last year I was settling in and earning my stripes early on but by the end of the season I was really comfortable leading from within the forwards. I don’t see myself as a leader who talks a lot but I like to try and lead by example by focusing on my own game.

“If you look at the best leaders in world rugby – the Paul O’Connell’s, Richie McCaw’s – that’s what they do. They go out and do their job really well. That’s what I want to try and do.”

Glasgow Warriors v Connacht
At Scotstoun Stadium, 7:35pm.
Live on BBC Two Scotland / TG4

Referee: Ian Davies (WRU, 33rd competition game)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White, Mike Adamson (both SRU)
Citing Commissioner: Iain Goodall (SRU)
TMO: Iain Ramage (SRU)



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