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Match Preview: Benetton Rugby Treviso vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-11-21

So after three weeks off Leinster are back in action this Sunday. Last year they travelled to Treviso in the corresponding weekend of the season. While Ireland were going agonisingly close against the All Blacks in the Aviva stadium, Leinster were grinding out a tough win in Treviso. It was seen by the squad as one of the best wins of the season as Treviso had built up a reputation for being very hard to beat at home. Sadly for them, they are no longer seen that way.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-30

With two wins from two in Europe, Leinster are off to a solid if unspectacular start in that tournament. As predicted, the match itself was fairly dire in terms of attacking rugby and it was remarkable to see a Leinster team with so much possession and territory fail to create a single decent try-scoring chance. But they did what they had to do purely in terms of getting a result.
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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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