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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Saracens

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-08-23

Despite the driving wind that made play difficult for people to walk, let alone play rugby, the masses filed into to the RDS to see if Leinster could confirm a place in the quarter finals against the current English second ranked club, Saracens.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Saracens

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-23

Leinster enter round five of their toughest pool ever in the Heineken Cup with the finish line in sight. Their three wins and a losing bonus point in their first four matches has put them in prime position to win the pool, but they still have work to do to qualify for the quarter-finals. Assuming Clermont beat a weakened Racing Metro line-up tonight but don't get a four-try bonus point, a Leinster win tomorrow will win them the group. If Clermont do win with a bonus point, Leinster will have to win with a bonus point themselves in order to top the pool with a game to spare. As the Clermont match is on tonight, Leinster will know exactly what they need to do come kick-off, but you get the feeling that Joe Schmidt will just be happy with a win of any sort.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs ASM Clermont Auvergne

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-08-23

Early last week when Leinster were counting the wounded from their trip to France, coach Joe Schmidt was busy talking about Vern Cotters penchant for mind games. Well now, following Leinsters impressive win over their visitors, perhaps it's his previous understudy who could be accused of the mind games.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs ASM Clermont Auvergne

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-12-17

Just six days after last Sunday's momentous clash in France, Leinster and Clermont need to dust themselves off and go out and do battle again. It was, once again, a fantastic game between the two sides. Clermont just about deserved their win but Leinster wouldn't have been too upset to escape with a precious losing bonus point. It was a wonderfully brave performance by the blues, especially considering the relatively callow team they had out in comparison to the mighty Jaunards line-up. That said, Leinster will know that with a bit more composure with the many chances they created they could have drawn or even won the match.
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A bird's eye view from the terrace: Ask not what your province can do for you...

by Yvonne Kelly, 2010-12-15

After the visit of Clermont to the RDS earlier this year those who travelled to Stade Marcel Michelin last weekend knew they were in for an experience, but I doubt any Leinster fan expected just how intense that atmosphere would be. We have all admired those areas in away grounds from where the noise and atmosphere seems to emanate - the supporters stand in Toulouse, the promenade in Ulster and the shed in Gloucester to name but a few. But in rugby grounds the world over I have never seen anything quite like what we witnessed last Sunday.
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