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Match Preview: Stade Toulousain vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-30

"It's on again, Contepomi says 'we'll go'! Hickie! Hickie is racing away and he's going to get past Pelous! He's got to time his pass. D'Arcy! Back to Hickie! Hickie for the corner!!!!!!"

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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-22

All good things come to an end and Leinster's twelve-match unbeaten run unfortunately ended with something of a whimper on Wednesday night in Galway. Though a strong Leinster team had been named in the hope of securing top spot in the league, their hearts never looked in it and they couldn't match Connacht's physicality in both defence and at the breakdown. Connacht richly deserved their win for their commitment and their intelligent tactics but it was still a desperately poor performance from Leinster.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-20

Leinster make an unfamiliar midweek trip to Galway to play the fixture that was originally scheduled for January 2nd. After opting not to play the match during the Six Nations, this fixture was always likely to be at an awkward time and Leinster now have to play two games in two days with a trip to Glasgow on Friday. So coach Michael Cheika has taken the unusual step of naming his side for both matches early.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-15

Last Friday was simply one of the great nights at the RDS. Clermont were possibly the finest team Leinster have ever hosted and they brought with them three thousand fans who were quite magnificent. Leinster has never seen a travelling support from France like it, from their march out of town to the ground to the colour, noise and passion they brought to the match itself. They were also very gracious in defeat after the match, despite their crushing disappointment. Dublin publicans certainly did very well out of them and will look forward to the next time they visit!
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs ASM Clermont Auvergne

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-09

It's been five years since Leinster last hosted a Heineken Cup quarter-final. In that match, Leinster succumbed meekly to Leicester (the 29-13 score-line probably flattered the home team if anything) in front of a fairly quiet crowd of 48,000 in Lansdowne Road. It was Declan Kidney's last game in charge of Leinster and a largely unheard of Australian, Michael Cheika, replaced him the following season.
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