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Match Report: London Wasps vs Leinster Rugby

by Sarah Lennon, 2011-08-23

This match was being touted as the Battle of the Capitals. It was quite grand talk but would the match live up to the hype? There were obvious flaws in the gimmick thought up by the marketing men and women. Wasps are of course not really from London playing their games in Buckinghamshire and Leinster is a province of twelve counties and many cities, depending on your classification. The harshest of critics would also point out that Twickenham is a town outside the city limits but maybe we can give them that one. So with the Capital idea dismissed would we have a battle on our hands?
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Match Report: Castres Olympique vs Leinster Rugby

by Sarah Lennon, 2011-08-23

Leinster took on Castres in South France on a bitterly cold evening. While Brian O'Driscoll passed an 11th hour fitness test, CJ Van der Linde was ruled out and replaced in the side by Cian Healy. Leinster possessed a strong looking bench with the returning Felipe Contepomi and Isa Nacewa giving attacking options if needed.
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Match Preview: Castres Olympique vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-23

All last week, Leinster were like a boxer talking up a less than respected opponent. The mantra was all about how they would treat the game as a test match with the required intensity from the start. The idea was right but the body language told another story and Leinster were instead sluggish from the start. In the second half they roused themselves for a scrappy points victory but they couldn't land the knock-out punch (i.e. bonus point) that the crowd were baying for.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Castres Olympique

by Sarah Lennon, 2008-12-10

Leinster were rather patched up for this Pool two match with Castres. No fewer than seven players were missing including Leinster's first choice outhalves Felipe Contepomi and Isa Nacewa. Jonathan Sexton was given his first HEC start having impressed in a cameo against Wasps in October. Sean O'Brien was a European debutante too coming in for the injured Shane Jennings.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Castres Olympique

by Jim O'Connor, 2008-12-05

After getting back to winning ways last week against the Dragons, Leinster resume their Heineken Cup campaign with crucial back to back fixtures against Castres. Having made a perfect start to the group with a maximum haul of ten points from the first two matches, Leinster know the next two games could go a long way towards securing qualification. In stark contrast, Castres have lost their first two matches and are second from bottom in the French league, however Michael Cheika had gone out of his way this week to warn against any complacency.
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