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Match Preview: Racing Metro 92 vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-01-24

When Leinster's pool was announced last summer there was a general consensus that qualification might be beyond them. Clermont were the French Champions, Saracens were the English Premiership runners up and Racing Metro 92 were another big French club with loads of money. Surely with teams of this quality, it would just be a bridge too far?
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Saracens

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-08-23

Despite the driving wind that made play difficult for people to walk, let alone play rugby, the masses filed into to the RDS to see if Leinster could confirm a place in the quarter finals against the current English second ranked club, Saracens.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Saracens

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-23

Leinster enter round five of their toughest pool ever in the Heineken Cup with the finish line in sight. Their three wins and a losing bonus point in their first four matches has put them in prime position to win the pool, but they still have work to do to qualify for the quarter-finals. Assuming Clermont beat a weakened Racing Metro line-up tonight but don't get a four-try bonus point, a Leinster win tomorrow will win them the group. If Clermont do win with a bonus point, Leinster will have to win with a bonus point themselves in order to top the pool with a game to spare. As the Clermont match is on tonight, Leinster will know exactly what they need to do come kick-off, but you get the feeling that Joe Schmidt will just be happy with a win of any sort.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Yvonne Kelly, 2011-01-11

It was a miserable rainy night in the RDS which saw the first visit of the Ospreys since their May raid last year to take the Magners' League from hot favourites Leinster. Leinster started 7 players from the grand final 15 with another 3 from that day's bench starting this time round. The Ospreys on the other hand were missing many of their first choice players. It was however an Osprey's player who started both days who had the biggest impact on the result this time around.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-01-06

Leinster take on the Ospreys at the RDS for the first time since they lost to them in the inaugural Magners League Grand Final there last May. That defeat still rankles with Leinster players and coaches; as forwards coach Jonno Gibbes put it: "they saw eight months of hard work go up in smoke!" Along with a Heineken Cup semi-final, a second Magners League championship in three years would have represented a very decent season for Leinster. However the Ospreys turned up to play and deserved their win, scoring two excellent tries and defending for their lives.
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