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Bortolami: Aironi must try to beat Leinster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

21 Apr 2011

Two big challenges face Aironi to bring their first Magners League season to a close with Leinster on Sunday and Ospreys on May 6.

Both games will be played at home “in which we must demonstrate that this team has grown during the season”, says former Italy’s captain Marco Bortolami.

“They will both be extremely tough matches, against two teams who are still looking for a spot in the playoffs. But playing at our house, we must try ‘till the end to catch up a great result”.

Bortolami says ahead of the Heineken Cup semi-final in which Leinster will play: “Even if they would rest some internationals, they still remains a high quality team with great players that plays a very good rugby. We must find in ourselves every strength to face up Leinster”.

The defensive bonus point conquered in Dublin two months ago could be a starting point for Aironi: “That game gave us a lot of confidence, but it was also one of our top performances. It will not be easy to repeat, but we are ready to do it again. But I think Leinster will arrive with the knife between the teeth because they know we could put on the pitch a great game. It will be vital for us to be very shrewd to defend the first 2-3 phases, otherwise becomes very hard to stop their quality backs”.