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Match Preview: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-01-03

It wasn't pretty last week but a young team got the win Leinster needed against Connacht to end their losing streak and keep them in touch with the top four. Once again, Glasgow, Munster and the Ospreys, Leinster's closest contenders at the moment, all won but the top two teams, Ulster and Scarlets, both lost. Ulster are still unlikely to be caught at the top but the Scarlets defeat means they are in big danger of slipping down, especially as they have to travel to Ravenhill to face the leaders tomorrow. There's only three points between second placed Scarlets and sixth placed Leinster which shows how competitive the battle for the top four is this season.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-12-28

Leinster come into the second Christmas inter-pro desperate for a win. Three defeats in a row simply doesn't sit well and even if they came against two of the form teams in Europe in Clermont and Ulster, Leinster coach Joe Schmidt will be very anxious to get a win to restore morale. Leinster played some good rugby up in Ravenhill but once the scrum started to crumble there was only going to be one winner.
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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-12-20

Let's be honest, we've been spoiled. Over the last couple of years Leinster have delivered so many big performances when required, especially at home, that maybe we, the supporters, have taken these deeds for granted. After the excellent performance away to Clermont fell just short of a win, Leinster fans were all fully confident that their team would do the business at the Aviva and win and win well.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs ASM Clermont Auvergne

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-12-14

Last Sunday's match was definitely filed under "the ones that got away".

If offered a losing bonus point before the game, most Leinster fans would have taken it. However, Leinster put in such a magnificently brave performance in Stade Marcel-Michelin that both players and supporters left the arena thinking of what might have been.
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Match Preview: ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-12-07

Ever since the draw for this season's Heineken Cup was made, this was the game supporters of both ASM and Leinster were looking forward to the most. As with two years ago Leinster and Clermont meet in a double-header that will go a long way towards deciding the winners of the pool. Like then, Leinster will play away first on the Sunday and follow up with the 'Christmas Match' at the Aviva Stadium the following Saturday.
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