PAT MacARTHUR has warned Leinster to expect 80 minutes of mayhem in Saturday's RaboDirect Pro12 play-off semi-final at Royal Dublin Showgrounds.
The Glasgow hooker was an impressive replacement for Scotland international Dougie Hall in Warriors' vital victory over Connacht at Firhill last Saturday.
Now Mac, who has played in all four of the campaign's previous meetings with the European champions, is hungry to feature in a fixture he freely admits will be the biggest of his three-year professional career.
The Warriors star said: "For me it is going to take 80 minutes of controlled mayhem to beat Leinster at the RDS on Sunday. We know that we are going to have to battle as if our lives depend on it at every breakdown and in every piece of contact it is going to have to be full metal jacket from start to finish.
"Up front we are going to have a real go at the Leinster scrum. We know that it is one of their strong points and it is more than possible we could be facing an all-Ireland front row, but our scrum has been a massive weapon for us this season and we want to put it all on the line come Saturday night.
"We believe that there are weaknesses for us to exploit in their scrum and it is up to us as a unit to ask the questions that will help make it creak. This is going to take everything we have in the tank and we are ready to produce that."
While Warriors snapped Leinster's 26-game home unbeaten record last September with a 23-19 victory, they have since lost both Heineken Cup pool encounters, although Sean Lineen's men were unlucky not to claim the second of these. The last Pro12 meeting between the two sides was drawn at Firhill, 10-10 on the last weekend in February.
For his part, MacArthur believes last Saturday's triumphant league finale at home to Connacht was the perfect dress rehearsal for the date with destiny at the RDS.
Mac said: "The Irish sides are very similar in the way they play and especially so around the contact and in the breakdown. Historically we have found it tough to get much out of Connacht but we certainly did a number on them on Saturday and I felt we pretty much controlled the game after the first quarter.
"We know that with Leinster we are going to have to lift that another level but we believe we are capable of that. If you look at our last two games then, although we lost the first of these and drew the second, I think arguably we had the better of both.
"Leinster will know that they are going to be in for a battle on Saturday night. If we are disciplined and execute our game plan to perfection we will give ourselves the platform to win.
"As a squad we have put so much into this season to get to this stage and now we are here we want to come out all guns blazing."