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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-01-14

Last week Leinster completed their 'Christmas Schedule' with three wins from three after a somewhat bizarre win in Cardiff. Leinster got off to a blistering start with two tries in ten minutes but spent the rest of the game battling against the Italian referee and the Welsh officials. Marius Metrea lived up to the stereotype of the hometown Italian ref by penalising Leinster relentlessly while turning a blind eye to Cardiff's antics at the breakdown. The Welsh TMO Neil Ballard's decision to award the Cardiff try, despite having no evidence of the ball being touched down, should be enough to ensure he's never trusted with the job again. It's a poor reflection on the league that such a collection of clowns can be entrusted with such a high profile game.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Bath Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-16

In a major golf tournament the Saturday is called 'moving day', in that the players who are going to contend move into position and others drop away. The fourth week of the Heineken Cup pool stages is quite similar. By the end of it, everyone has a good idea of who's going to get out of their groups and who can basically concentrate on their domestic competition for the rest of the season.
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Match Preview: Bath Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-09

Ah Bath!

The small city in the south-west of England holds special memories for Leinster fans. Possibly the most beautiful city in England, Leinster visited two years in a row back in January 2005 and 2006. They won the first game with a late smash and grab raid when David Holwell and Malcolm O'Kelly scored tries in the final minutes. Those scores secured a 27-23 win, but in truth Bath had been the better team by far.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-11-18

After six weeks away, Leinster fans will be happy to be back home at the RDS. Heineken Cup games are rare at the RDS these days with so many games being moved to the Aviva for understandable financial reasons. The atmosphere at the new stadium has been generally good but it's not like the special crackle in the air you get on Heineken Cup days at the RDS. Even with the lousy kick off time, 12.45 on a Sunday, there should be a buzz about the place for the visit of Glasgow, who are the surprise group leaders after week one.
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Match Report: Montpellier Herault RC vs Leinster Rugby

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-11-14

Leinster began their European title defence with a tough away battle with last years French finalists Montpellier. Despite a poor run of form in the Top 14, winning only 2 games of 9 played this season, Montpellier gladly welcomed back their World Cup internationals to the fold right in time for the European champions arrival in town.
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