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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Newport Gwent Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2008-12-02

Irish rugby fans, stung by the sheer dreariness of the Irish international team's autumn series, will doubtless be relieved to get back to supporting their provinces this weekend. League leaders Munster have a tough trip away to the Scarlets, while Connacht and Ulster face off against one another. Leinster face the Dragons at home in a bid to restart a Magners League campaign that has stalled badly. Their form in Europe has been near perfect, with ten points and ten tries from two games. The contrast with the recent Magners league form makes for pretty stark reading though with only two points and no tries in the last three games.
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Match Report: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Sarah Lennon, 2008-11-01

The Heineken Cup took a back seat to Magners League duties as Leinster returned to Scotland for a match with Glasgow. Leinster knew that their league campaign had become unravelled in recent weeks with defeats to Connacht and Munster. A strong team was named with the only casualties from the previous week Brian O'Driscoll and Leo Cullen who were injured and van der Linde who was named on the bench. Bernard Jackman was rested with Fogarty in the lineup and Brian Blaney on the bench.
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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2008-10-23

Last Saturday was probably the proudest day to be a Leinster fan since the Toulouse quarter-final over two years ago. A thirty-point, six tries to one win over the star-ladden English champions. I think it's fair to say most Leinster fans would have taken that at the start of the match. It was a truly fantastic day in which the home crowd really played their part. Leinster now stand in pole position at the top of their pool with maximum points.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs London Wasps

by Sarah Lennon, 2008-10-20

The two winners from week one collided as Leinster welcomed London Wasps to the RDS. Billed in the media as the battle between O'Driscoll and Cipriani but in truth this was just one of the sub plots. The match also saw former Munster men on show for Wasps in Staunton and Reddan, the latter of whom was reportedly close to signing with Leinster in the summer. Leinster were looking to exact revenge for the drubbing they received at the hands of Wasps in the Quarter final stage two seasons ago.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs London Wasps

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-23

Last week's match was all about winning (you might just have picked that up from the preview) and win Leinster did! In fact they essentially won the match and even had a bonus point secured before half-time. Shane Horan's try, which secured the bonus point, was scored in an eerie silence. The home fans were stunned into unheard levels of quietness (even by their standards) by their sides' apparent conversion to some sort of rugby Buddhism that required strictly no form of tackling on another player. The away fans were similarly stunned, wondering if this was some sort of wonderful dream that was soon to be punctured by the ringing of a travel alarm clock. This surely wasn't Murrayfield! Murrayfield was the place of frustration, bitterness and despair for Leinster folk. Not a place where back-rows run free like they're playing a sevens match and the backline turn back the years with length of the field tries.
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