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Match Preview: RC Toulonnais vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-04-04

In a quality line-up of quarter-finals of what is sadly the last ever Heineken Cup, the battle between the last two winners just about takes the cake. Leinster take on the champions Toulon in the first ever meeting between the two sides. Toulon are relatively new to the top table, having risen meteorically from the French lower divisions to European champions in just seven years.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-02-13

As predicted here, last week's game turned out to be a tight, grind of a match dominated by penalty kicks and tight defence.

Eh no, wait, hang on...

In my defence, who could have seen that crazy rollercoaster of a match coming?
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Match Preview: Castres Olympique vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-01-10

Two games!

This coming Sunday Leinster play Castres and then five days later they take on the Ospreys.

Win them both and Leinster will be in the quarter-finals, possibly with a home draw if other results go their way.

Win one of two and they'll be in a desperate scramble to qualify at all, although again it will depend on how the other games in the pool go.

Lose both and they'll be out!
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Northampton Saints

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-12-13

If this was to be Leinster's last competitive trip to England, and let's hope it's not, they certainly went out in style. Northampton lived up to its reputation as a proper rugby town and the few thousand Leinster fans that were lucky enough to be there last week certainly had a weekend to remember. The Northampton fans were welcoming before the match and extremely gracious in defeat afterwards, especially in the circumstances. Losing at home is one thing but taking a hiding like that is soul-destroying so to see so many of them come over to applaud and congratulate the delirious travelling fans was a mark of the club's true character.
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Match Preview: Northampton Saints vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-12-06

Well it was nice while it lasted.

England's on-off relationship with the Heineken Cup finally seems to have reached the bitter end with their clubs voting on Thursday to boycott next season's event. They now seem to be trying to set up some sort of replacement tournament with their love-struck lapdogs the Welsh regions, which is equally hilarious and sad at the same time. The Heineken Cup without them will undoubtedly be poorer, even though the knock-out stages will largely be the same as recent years given how most of the English clubs have struggled to qualify from their pools (an average of just two a season for the past five years).
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