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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-30

Leinster start the new year with a trip to Galway to face strugglers Connacht. The differences in the form guide between the two teams couldn't be starker though. Leinster are hoping to keep their unbeaten run going for a 13th match in a row stretching back to the home defeat against Glasgow in September. Poor Connacht on the other hand are desperately looking for a win to break an 11-match losing streak. They haven't won since beating the Dragons back in September and it's cast a shadow over a season that began with such excitement.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-23

As predicted, Leinster decided to take out their frustration about their narrow win away to Bath by hammering the same team at the Aviva stadium last week. Right from the start, they set about the struggling English side with a hunger for tries. As with the Glasgow home match, they reacted to a second row being sin-binned by outscoring the opposition two tries to nil while he was gone. Once the excellent Luke Fitzgerald scored his second try, the game was over and it was just a question of how many tries they'd score.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Bath Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-16

In a major golf tournament the Saturday is called 'moving day', in that the players who are going to contend move into position and others drop away. The fourth week of the Heineken Cup pool stages is quite similar. By the end of it, everyone has a good idea of who's going to get out of their groups and who can basically concentrate on their domestic competition for the rest of the season.
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Match Preview: Bath Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-09

Ah Bath!

The small city in the south-west of England holds special memories for Leinster fans. Possibly the most beautiful city in England, Leinster visited two years in a row back in January 2005 and 2006. They won the first game with a late smash and grab raid when David Holwell and Malcolm O'Kelly scored tries in the final minutes. Those scores secured a 27-23 win, but in truth Bath had been the better team by far.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-01

Leinster take on Cardiff in the RDS tomorrow hoping to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games. They haven't lost since the shock defeat to Glasgow back in September and last week they successfully avoided a potential landmine by winning away in Treviso. After losing there last season Joe Schmidt would have been delighted with the win, especially after sending out a team with ten changes from the previous week.
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