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Match Preview: Stade Toulousain v Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-10-20

Leinster were on fire last weekend as they demolished Wasps in style running in eight tries in front of a giddy RDS crowd.

The first half was a touch scrappy but Leinster did their now classic trick of scoring just before and after half time and from then on they were cruising as Wasps capitulated. Admittedly Wasps were missing some key men but there was still enough quality on the pitch to put up a better fight than that. However despite all the garlands thrown their way, Leo Cullen was quick to downplay expectations and focus on what his team needed to improve on ahead of Sunday's visit to Toulouse, a place Leinster have only won once in five attempts.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Wasps

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-12-14

Leinster start the defence of the Heineken Champions Cup in fine fettle.

They come in on the back of two excellent derby wins, overwhelming Connacht in Galway and then being able to rest several stars and still beat Munster at the Aviva Stadium last week. The short turnaround from that match was the reason the likes of Jonathan Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and the rest were given the day off and if Leinster win tomorrow too Leo Cullen will be feeling pretty pleased with himself.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-09-28

After a decent if relatively low key start to the season for Leinster, it starts to ramp up now.

First up are two tough inter-provincial derbies away to Connacht and at home to Munster before the visit of Wasps to the RDS and then a trip to Toulouse in the Heineken Cup (isn't it great that we can call it that again?). We've seen in the past where the results in these block of games can set the tone for the rest of the season. Leinster looked in fairly decent shape last week though. The first half was a fairly turgid affair but it was lit up by the superb movement and passing for the James Lowe try and Leinster played some nice stuff after that to win comfortably. However they will face a big rise in intensity when they take on Connacht in Galway tomorrow evening.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-09-21

Last week's match against the Dragons went pretty much as expected for Leinster. A bit scrappy and rusty in the first half but when Leinster kicked on they blew them away. Tomorrow evening's game is unlikely to be a similar cakewalk though.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-09-21

If you'd offered Leinster six points from their opening two games of the season, both of which were tricky road trips to Wales, they probably would have taken it. However having been highly fortunate to snag a win over Cardiff, they were a touch unlucky not to win last week against the Scarlets. They looked in firm control at half-time but they got a little sloppy after that and let the Scarlets back into it. Even then they had a chance to snatch it at the end with a penalty or a drop goal but they made a less than wise choice to run the ball into the wide channels where it was turned over and lost. As expected the Scarlets were delighted with themselves for getting the win and the rivalry between the two sides is getting nice and spicy.
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