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Match Preview: Northampton Saints vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-12-06

Last week's win in Glasgow was one of the most satisfying in years.

The Leinster team selected were up against it facing a much stronger looking Glasgow team on paper. They also lost a man to the bin early and conceded two tries to a lost member of the Levellers who was playing at full back for some strange reason. And yet Glasgow never scored again and Cian Kelleher scored two smartly taken tries to take the lead.
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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-11-29

Leinster got the job done last week.

It wasn't pretty but wins in France rarely are. Lyon did what big French packs generally do and tried to overpower Leinster. But the Leinster defence stood firm and once they got a lead they were able to grind out a win and keep Lyon at arm's length.
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Match Preview: Lyon OU vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-11-22

In terms of great European matches at the RDS, last week's game against Benetton will rank fairly low in the list.

Leinster were okay but never really got out of third gear and realistically never had to. They admittedly got complacent after scoring the bonus point try and their performance levels dipped dramatically. But it's probably no harm to have a week of tough self-examination ahead of a trip to France.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Benetton

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-11-15

In the aftermath of a World Cup, especially yet another disappointing one for Ireland, it's hard to find the usual excitement that normally greets the opening weekend of the Heineken Champions Cup.

However both the fans and players have to get on with it and hopefully once the games get going it will be business as usual. Leinster are looking to reclaim the trophy they relinquished to Saracens in Newcastle last May. In their pool they've drawn Lyon (currently 1st in the Top 14) and Northampton (currently 2nd in the Aviva Premiership) as well as Benetton, the first Italian team to qualify on merit. Leinster are in the same pool as an Italian side in Europe for first time in fifteen years.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2019-11-07

Leinster take on Connacht away on Friday night in their first inter-provincial match of the season.

It's easily Leinster's toughest game of the season so far against one of the form teams in the league. Connacht have won four from five games to lie in second place in Conference B. While Leinster were slogging it out with Zebre a fortnight ago Connacht were beating the high-flying Cheetahs in a cracking match.
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