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Match Preview: Castres Olympique vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-24

Leinster looked in deep trouble at half-time last week against Wasps. After a bright start, they returned to their familiar pattern of error-strewn rugby to give Wasps a nine-point lead at half-time. However they deserve credit for the character they showed in winning the second half 14-0 to take a vital victory. It's a regret that they didn't get a final try to take a bonus point and deny Wasps one, but most fans would have just taken the win at half-time.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Wasps

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-17

This used to be one of the best weeks of the rugby season, as fans across Europe anticipated the beginning of the Heineken Cup. Alas that great tournament is dead, killed by a bunch of snake-oil salesmen from England and France.
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Match Preview: Zebre vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-10

Leinster's growth into one of the powerhouses of European rugby was built on many things, but one of the key factors was performance standards. There was a certain standard of performance expected under Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt and demanded by leading players like Leo Cullen, Brian O'Driscoll and Jonny Sexton. If the performance wasn't up to scratch, there was hell to pay regardless of whether the team had won or not.
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Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-03

Rarely has a Leinster-Munster inter-pro derby been approached by both sides with such gloom. Every time we hear the sports news it's seems another player is being sent for surgery. This week it was Sean O'Brien for Leinster and Keith Earls for Munster which will rule them out for large chunks of the season. Both players have been haunted by injury in recent seasons and you have the awful sense that two of Ireland's brightest talents are slowly being lost to us.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-09-25

Leinster suffered another one of those annoying defeats in Galway last week. After a pretty handy win over the Scarlets, they actually started the game extremely well and looked set to steamroller Connacht through the pack. However the early momentum was lost through a series of mistakes from the half-backs and Connacht showed immense guts to hang on in there.
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