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Kearney tells Sky Sports why Leinster are not looking too far ahead

By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC.   Last Updated: 15/05/12 9:27am

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In-form full-back Rob Kearney has insisted Leinster are not looking too far ahead despite the fact their Heineken Cup final with Ulster is approaching fast on the horizon.

Leinster will clash with their Irish rivals at Twickenham on May 19, however they first haver domestic matters to attend to.

Glasgow Warriors await the Dubliners in Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final - with Leinster having twice lost in the grand final since the inception of the end-of-season shootout.

And with that in mind Kearney claims the side's focus has been on the Warriors.

"Things have been going well," Kearney told Sky Sports. "The RaboDirect semi-final is first up for us so that has been consuming our thoughts at the moment.

"Obviously the Heineken Cup final is coming up but our focus has been on this weekend."

Kearney, along with Brian O'Driscoll, will miss the game with Glasgow through minor injuries - with the newly-crowned Irish Rugby Union Players' Association Players' Player of the year, having tweaked a muscle in his back in training.

Leinster are targeting a unique double this season

However while Kearney has been forced out, he claims the Leinster will not go into game half-hearted and looking to avoid injuries ahead of the Heineken Cup final.

Fear

"There is always that slight element of fear whenever you play but you can't approach games like that," said the 26-year-old. "It is then that you risk picking up that little niggle or strain that can set you back.

"The good thing is that as professional players week in, week out we are playing hard, physical games so are bodies are well adjusted to that aspect."

Victory over Glasgow would put Leinster on course for the double for the second successive season - with victory over Northampton securing the Heineken Cup only for Munster to scupper them in the domestic final.

And Kearney knows that it would be an amazing achievement for the side to go all the way this year.

"It is a fantastic position to be in," said Kearney. "When you start the season you do want to win everything you can, however it is so difficult to do.

"We have got ourselves back into this position now but we are not looking ahead of each game."

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