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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Castres Olympique

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-01-16

So it's back to European action this week as Leinster look to qualify from their pool, hopefully as winners. Leinster are currently level on points with Harlequins, but lie behind them in the table due to Londoners' superior head-to-head record. So what do Leinster need to do to win the pool?

Well, it's complicated.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Harlequins FC

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-12-12

Last week's pessimism was unfortunately proved correct as Leinster showed the "ugly winning rugby" they were so proud of last week exposed as "ugly losing rugby" when played against a team of any quality. The most annoying thing is that while Harlequins were undoubtedly deserved winners, they still didn't have to really play that well to win. Several times they were in good positions but blew chances through poor handling. They left behind five fairly handy points from kicks at goal as well and even at the end, they were happy to kick the ball out rather than try for another three points to deny Leinster a losing bonus point.
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Match Preview: Harlequins FC vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-12-05

Back to the scene of the crime!

Leinster return to the Stoop for the first since the notorious "Bloodgate" incident in the Heineken Cup quarter-final of 2009. That incident has been talked about to death but it's a shame that the game is mainly remembered for that incident as it was a cracking match. There wasn't a whole lot of scoring of course, two Felipe Contepomi penalties versus one Mike Brown try in a 6-5 win.
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Match Preview: Castres Olympique vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-24

Leinster looked in deep trouble at half-time last week against Wasps. After a bright start, they returned to their familiar pattern of error-strewn rugby to give Wasps a nine-point lead at half-time. However they deserve credit for the character they showed in winning the second half 14-0 to take a vital victory. It's a regret that they didn't get a final try to take a bonus point and deny Wasps one, but most fans would have just taken the win at half-time.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Wasps

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-17

This used to be one of the best weeks of the rugby season, as fans across Europe anticipated the beginning of the Heineken Cup. Alas that great tournament is dead, killed by a bunch of snake-oil salesmen from England and France.
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