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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-04-20

Let's hope it is just a lucky omen.

Before Leinster played Saracens in the quarter-final they warmed up with their worst performance of the season away to Ospreys. Last week they warmed up to play Scarlets in the semi-final with an even worse performance. Credit to Benetton, we said they were no longer anyone's mugs and they thoroughly deserved their win. They were smart, physical and well organised in defence but when they had the chance they played some good rugby too. Leinster's performance was marked by arrogance and complacency as they just seemed to think they had to turn up to win. Leinster's starting team is vastly different to the one that started last weekend but it's a great lesson to the squad to not take anything for granted.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Benetton Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-04-13

After comfortably taking care of Zebre last week in a scrappy game, Leinster take on the other Italian team Benetton this Saturday in their final regular season game at the RDS.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Zebre

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-04-06

Leinster did the business against Saracens and are in the Champions Cup semi-final in two weeks time.

The minute you saw them open Saracens up so easily for the first try, you had the feeling this was going to be a good day. Saracens are still a good team but they're not what they were, especially in defence, but Leinster took advantage ruthlessly in a knock-out fifteen minutes after half-time.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Saracens

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-03-30

So it's finally here.

This is the game Leinster have been waiting for since they beat Montpellier in January.

Unfortunately Leinster chose to warm up with easily their worst performance of the season. It was only their third defeat of the season but in the other two defeats in Scotland, they could and probably should have won. In Swansea last week though the struggling Ospreys were miles the better team and they both out-muscled and out-played Leinster.
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Match Preview: Ospreys vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-03-23

So Ireland are Grand Slam champions for the first time in nine years.

Leinster were the major suppliers to the winning squad with fourteen players in the final match day squad and another five who were named in match day squads for the other games. Of course it's great to see the lads making such a great contribution to the national team, but it's a double-edged sword in terms of Leinster's prospects for the rest of the season. Josh van der Flier and Robbie Henshaw are now probably out for the season and the likes of Johnny Sexton was fairly banged up by the end of the championship.
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