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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Zebre

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-11-30

Leinster take on Italian side Zebre for this first time on Saturday evening. Leinster come into the game with a spring in their step after results went well for them last weekend. Their 6-0 win in the driving rain and wind of Glasgow won't live long in the memory in terms of the quality of the performance. But it's rare that any team wins pretty over there and Leinster will have been happy with just the win. With the Ospreys and Munster both losing, Leinster moved up to fourth place in the table. With four of the top six playing each other this weekend, (Munster v Glasgow and Scarlets v Ulster), Leinster are in a good position to further move up the table this weekend. To do that though, they'll need to beat Zebre.
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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-11-22

In the backdrop of the continuing Autumn International campaign, Leinster resume their season after three weeks off. Though the media probably won't attach too much importance to their trip to Glasgow, Leinster coach Joe Schmidt certainly won't be taking the game lightly. Firstly, Leinster have only two matches to get ready for the games which could well define their season, the Heineken Cup double-header against Clermont.
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Match Preview: Ospreys vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-11-02

After Brian O'Driscoll teased us with fifteen minutes of top quality breaks and offloads last Saturday, his ankle ligaments gave out. With the agony he was in clearly visable on his face when it happened, the post-match spin that it was just a sprain sounded too good to be true. Unfortunately so it proved and it's surgery and 8-12 weeks out. Whatever about the autumn internationals, his loss for the Clermont double-header, along with Rob Kearney who was ruled out last week, is a massive blow.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-10-26

Leinster did what they needed to against the Scarlets last week in that they got a vital win to keep themselves alive in the group. However considering the way they started in the first half, they may be a little disappointed that they didn't push on and win by an even bigger score and possibly even bag a bonus point too. The travelling Leinster fans were certainly pleased by the physical intensity their team showed as Leinster bullied the Scarlets at the breakdown and in the set-piece. The defence was also generally good too, aside from one highly uncharacteristic mistake from the greatest defensive outside centre the game has ever seen.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Exeter Chiefs

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-10-12

The good news: A much improved performance and a third win over Munster in a row.

The bad news: More bloody injuries!!

By the end of a match, Leinster had a back three of John Cooney, Ian Madigan and Fionn Carr with Noel Reid in the centre alongside Fergus McFadden. Not exactly a line-up to inspire defensive confidence. However, they hung on to close out the win and deny Munster even the consolation of a losing bonus point.
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