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Weekly Preview: Six Nations Preview 2011 - Weekend Four

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-03-10

So just two weeks of 2011 Six Nations championship left, and really it can't pass quick enough. The general quality of rugby on view has been pretty dire and if the Southern Hemisphere teams are staying awake long enough to watch it; they'll see nothing to alarm them for the World Cup. It feels almost treasonous saying it, but when set against the constant excitement and tension of the Heineken Cup, the Six Nations has largely become quite dull. Could the format be tweaked to enliven matters?
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-03-03

It's getting tight at the top!

With just six league games to go now for Leinster, the battle for that all-important top two spot is going to be tense. Another bonus point went begging last week against Treviso and with the Ospreys getting a five point haul against Connacht, they're now two points ahead of Leinster in second place. The Ospreys have a pretty reasonable run-in and can concentrate their full attention on the league, making them all the more dangerous.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Treviso

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-03-11

Humans are the only creatures on the planet known to seek revenge, and Friday night's game may have had a hint of that. Coach Joe Schmidt again had to make do with a depleted side for Friday's game against Treviso, with his senior players tied up in Ireland duties. Yet, to their credit, the Leinster youth, no matter how inexperienced, are proving that they are future stars of the game. O'Malley, McKinley and Conway will soon be serious threats for first team jerseys. Also well received was the return of Stan Wright who got 40 minutes.
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Weekly Preview: Six Nations Preview 2011 - Weekend Three

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-25

There's no doubt that the game of the weekend is England v France at Twickenham!

The only two unbeaten teams go head to head in what's being widely seen as the championship decider, even with two more rounds to go after this. The French haven't been great so far and were lucky to get out of Dublin with a win after conceding three tries for the second game running. England's sweet chariot is in full swing though after their rampant destruction of a pathetically poor Italy team. With the smell of success in their nostrils, old character traits are returning swiftly too with the arrogant try celebrations of Chris Ashton summing up the national mood. The feeling in their media is beat France and the Grand Slam is theirs!! Never mind that they still have to come to Dublin and beat an Ireland team that they've only beaten once since 2003.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Treviso

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-24

Leinster take on Treviso this Friday hoping to bounce back from a defeat away to Cardiff last weekend. That defeat ended their winning streak and coupled with the Ospreys's win away to Treviso meant they dropped from second to fourth in the table. Leinster still have four home games in their remaining seven fixtures plus winnable away trips to Aironi and the Dragons. Winning all these games should be enough to get them the crucial top two spot, however their failure to even get a losing bonus point last week has removed any wiggle room.
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