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Match Preview: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-05-15

So, Leinster's worst season in ten years finally grinds to an end tomorrow. Normally there's a touch of sadness amongst Leinster fans when the rugby season ends, but this may feel like more like a blessed relief after all the abysmal rugby they've had to endure this term. Even allowing for the conditions, last week's game against Treviso was typically depressing stuff. Once again Leinster made a bright start, scoring an early try, but once again the game degenerated into a sludge-fest of witless and incompetent rugby. Despite what they themselves say in the press, it's fairly clear that this Leinster team are playing with no belief at the moment.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Benetton Treviso

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-05-07

Leinster's defeat to Ulster two weeks ago ended their chances of making the top four for the play-offs. After contesting five finals in a row, it's a pretty big drop-off for Leinster to be totally out of contention with two weeks of regular games remaining. Leinster would have been in a mood to kick back, throw in the (mostly ignored) kids from the academy for the last two games, open a bottle of whiskey and do their best to forget this wretched season.
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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-04-23

So Leinster put in a brave, yet ultimately doomed performance last week, in losing to Toulon in the semi-final of Champions Cup. They were largely written off beforehand so their performance in bringing Toulon to extra time brought much praise from the media and (slightly worryingly) from the Leinster coaches and players themselves. With the winning mentality the Leinster players so often talk about, I didn't think they did "moral victories", but apparently they do now.
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Match Preview: RC Toulon vs Leinster Rugby

by Yvonne Kelly, 2015-04-17

It's a funny ole game rugby. Here we are - packing our bags for a weekend of sun and rugby in Marseille, the semi-final of the European Rugby Champions Cup no less, and we're still not happy. Truthfully, it doesn't take too much investigation to see why. This season will be one that most Leinsterfans will be happy to leave behind.
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Match Preview: Newport-Gwent Dragons vs Leinster

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-04-10

Leinster just about managed to beat Bath to reach the semi-finals of the Champions Cup last weekend. After a strong if workmanlike first half, they did their best to lose it in the second but just about hung in there at the end. As predicted Bath's scrum injuries proved much of their undoing and Ian Madigan's unerring boot and more street smarts at the breakdown did the rest. Bath played the better rugby but simply didn't have enough ball and they were perhaps a little naive at times as well.
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