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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Castres Olympique

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-10-14

So European rugby is back again and this year Leinster are a little more optimistic about their chances of progressing. Last season, they had a brute of a draw against Wasps, Toulon and Bath especially coming straight after a World Cup in which most of the squad had been involved. When they were unexpectedly stuffed in their first home match by Wasps, their campaign was effectively dead in the water. There was brief respite when a young side beat Bath at home, but that was as good as it got. It was Leinster's worst European performance ever and the squad will be determined to restore the dignity of the province this season.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-10-14

There seems to have been a concerted effort in the media to put a bit of spite back into this fixture in the build-up to Saturday. Maybe it's the fact the game has been moved to the sterile environs of the Aviva, but there's definitely been a lack of bite and bitterness to it over the last few seasons. So we've had winsome recollections of the days when the fixture was defined by brutal shoeings, vicious rucks and off the ball incidents. Of course, none of this is ancient history.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-09-22

Leinster finally got a win in Scotland last week, but typically, they had to make life hard for themselves. After a slow start, they ripped into a fairly poor Edinburgh team and had the four try bonus point secured before half-time. Unfortunately they took that as a sign to knock off for the evening and they were awful in the second half, letting Edinburgh close to within six points of them. They finally raised themselves to finish the game off when the excellent Dan Leavy scored his second try of the night with the final play of the game, but the players will have had a flea in their ear all week from the coaching staff.
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Match Preview: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-09-15

By dint of some strange Pro12 scheduling Leinster face into their second match in six days in Scotland tomorrow evening. It's fair to say Scotland hasn't been a happy hunting ground of late for Leinster with only one win in their last eight visits (if you count the Pro12 final hosted in Murrayfield). Last week's defeat to the Warriors was particularly annoying as it looked so promising at one point. Leinster had taken a 10 point lead well into the second half and Glasgow were looking frustrated by Leinster's defence but then Tommy Seymour showed his supreme poaching skills to turn the game on it's head with two tries from Leinster errors in two minutes. Leinster still should have taken something from the game, but the composure they showed earlier in the match was now gone and they rushed things at the end.
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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-09-09

Leinster began their season last week with a less comfortable than expected win over Treviso. A positive start saw Joey Carbery finish off some good general play but then things got a little sloppy and Carbery's brilliant second try actually came against the run of play. At 15-0 up Leinster looked a surefire bet for a bonus point win but under new coach Kieran Crowley, Treviso showed a little more steel than usual. They fought their way back into the game and were within a score of Leinster until James Tracy's try from an excellent maul settled nerves seven minutes from time. The acclaim around Carbery's excellent individual performance on his first start at out-half somewhat obscured an error strewn Leinster performance, particularly at the set-piece.
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