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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Exeter Chiefs

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-10-12

The good news: A much improved performance and a third win over Munster in a row.

The bad news: More bloody injuries!!

By the end of a match, Leinster had a back three of John Cooney, Ian Madigan and Fionn Carr with Noel Reid in the centre alongside Fergus McFadden. Not exactly a line-up to inspire defensive confidence. However, they hung on to close out the win and deny Munster even the consolation of a losing bonus point.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-05-18

Leinster arrive at their third Heineken Cup final on the back of their most successful season ever in terms of wins. Their victory over Glasgow in the Pro 12 semi-final made it 26 wins, 2 draws and only 3 defeats in 31 games this season. With two of those defeats coming in the first three weeks of the season while the World Cup was still on, their record is an even more impressive 1 defeat in their last 28 games.
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Match Preview: ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-04-27

It's them again!

After crossing paths three times in the last two seasons, you always got the sense that Leinster and Clermont Auvergne would renew acquaintances again this term.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-04-06

After what seems like a very long time, (it's eleven weeks actually) Leinster are back in Heineken Cup action tomorrow against Cardiff. Now all the niceties of the pool stages are over and it's pure knock-out rugby from now on. This ramps up the excitement of course, but also the nervousness. Last year Leinster took on Leicester Tigers at this stage and it was an achingly tense match. Leinster weren't at their best but they managed to dog their way through. This year, there hasn't been half as much nervousness amongst fans because Leinster are such raging hot favourites. However, being so strongly fancied can bring dangers of it's own, as we saw in last year's final against Northampton. Leinster's coaches have been bigging up Cardiff all week to keep minds focused and understandably so.
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Leinster Rugby vs Montpellier Herault RC

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-01-20

Last week, Leinster won on the road and once again it wasn't pretty. Glasgow's record in Europe at Firhill is impressive and you can see why. The pitch is narrow, the ground is heavy and Glasgow are very well organised and conditioned. They were a lot cuter at the breakdown this time, slowing down Leinster's ball and they also shut down a lot of the main ball carriers.
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