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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-11-29

What a bloody sickener!!

Some defeats you can brush off, but Ireland's last-second loss to New Zealand last Sunday will stay with all true rugby fans on this island forever.

So close and yet so far, you can only hope that the quality of their performance in pushing the best team in the world to their very limit, will finally convince this Ireland team they can compete with the very best. We've been here before though, great one-off performances followed by a slump back into mediocrity. Coach Joe Schmidt's challenge is to reproduce that kind of intensity combined with accuracy that made the first 40 minutes perhaps the finest half of rugby Ireland have ever played. If he can find a way to do that on a regular basis, then Ireland will be a force to be reckoned with again in the Six Nations.
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Match Preview: Benetton Treviso vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-11-22

After a three-week break, Leinster return to action this week with a tough trip to Treviso. Of course the two o'clock Sunday kick-off means it will clash fully with Ireland's match against New Zealand in Dublin. Great planning from the organisers there! At least TG4 are showing the full match in delayed coverage afterwards so there will be something to distract Irish fans from the post-mortem on the latest shambolic performance from the national team.
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Match Preview: Newport Gwent Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-11-01

Leinster kept their winning run going against Connacht last week but it certainly wasn't pretty. Connacht were typically gutsy and obdurate, as they always are against Leinster, but there was no getting away from how poorly Leinster played for most of the game. After a bright start to the season, Leinster have increasingly found tries hard to come by with only three in their last four games. None of those three tries were scored by the backs either, who have been making line breaks, but have failed to take advantage of them. It's easy to say that it doesn't matter as long as they're winning, but you can only grind out so many results before a lack of scoring power comes back to haunt you.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-10-25

There's no doubt about it, two wins from two is an excellent start to a tough pool in the final Heineken Cup. Last week Castres turned up ready to compete and in truth were a little unfortunate not to take away at least a losing bonus point for their efforts. Leinster started off with the same purpose and intent that they showed the previous week against Ospreys to rack up a 9-0 lead.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Castres Olympique

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-10-18

What a difference a win can make!

Travelling to last week's game it was hard to find too many Leinster fans who were expecting to win. Most expected a losing bonus point at best, given the combination of Leinster's poor recent form and their recent record against the Ospreys. However, stung from the loss against Munster and the suggestion that they couldn't perform without leaders like Leo Cullen and Brian O'Driscoll, Leinster's players stood up to be counted and produced a performance of real character.
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