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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Montpellier Herault Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-10-13

So it's another early kick-off for the second week running.

The Ballsbridge publicans will be crying into their dishrags as they remember the pre-BT Sports days when Irish teams weren't routinely given the poxiest kick-off spots going. Now the English clubs get all the prime spots and with BT Sports taking over exclusive coverage of the tournament from next season, non-English clubs better get used to the shit end of the stick. Still though the atmosphere will crackle at the RDS like it never does at the Aviva so get there good and early, especially if you're on the terrace.
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Match Preview: ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-04-21

So it's off to Lyon for Leinster's fourth semi-final in France in the last eight seasons.

They lost to Toulouse in Toulouse in 2010, beat Clermont in Bordeaux in 2012 and lost to Toulon in Marseilles in 2015. Now it's Clermont again, this time in Lyon. So Leinster have to do it the hard way if they're going to make their first final for five years. They face a massive task in beating Clermont, but not an insurmountable one.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Wasps

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-03-31

So Leinster's biggest game in ages has arrived and it's time to see if Leinster can return to the higher echelons of European rugby after years in the wilderness!
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Match Preview: Castres Olympique vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-01-19

We're back, baby!!!

The question was posed here last week about how much we could trust Leinster's apparent progress this season, but we got a resounding answer. Leinster were awesome and showed they're ready to compete at the top table again after a season as also rans. Even though Francois Steyn deserved it for his malicious attempt to take Johnny Sexton out of the game, it was a shame the red card happened.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Montpellier Herault Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-01-12

This is the big one!!!

This is the game which will tell Leinster if their apparent progress this season is real or just an attractive facade. Leinster have a beautifully clear target, win and they're in the quarter-finals, no matter what else happens. However, anyone expecting a comfortable win will be in for a surprise on Friday evening. Montpellier are a serious outfit with huge men in their backs and forwards. They're third in the Top 14 and are coached by a World Cup winner in Jake White. Their massive budget has seen them assemble a squad of top quality internationals from around the globe.
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