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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-03-29

Three months can be a long time in rugby.

When Ulster beat Leinster 27-19 in Belfast the weekend before Christmas, it put them 16 points ahead of them on the table. Leinster were down in the dumps having suffered three losses in a row for the first time in many years. Ulster were in flying form though with 14 wins from 15 games and were looking serious contenders in both the league and in Europe.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-03-22

The Six Nations Championship may have been a disaster for Ireland, but Leinster weren't untouched either as they suffered plenty of collateral damage with several injuries to first-choice backs. Eoin Reddan and Luke Fitzgerald are out for the season and Jonathan Sexton will do well to make it back for the last few games before he heads off to France. Fergus McFadden was injured too although hopefully he will be back fairly soon. Coupled with Brian O'Driscoll's ban it means Leinster are missing 5 of their starting backline.
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Match Preview: Newport Gwent Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-02-28

All in all, it was a pretty satisfying round of games for Leinster last weekend. Glasgow beat Ulster to re-open the race for first place and Treviso surprisingly thumped Munster to really damage their play-off chances. Best of all though was Leinster's win over the Scarlets. With the Scarlets having named a seemingly stronger team on paper, including an almost first-choice pack, Leinster looked set for a tough, tight battle.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-02-22

It has often been an easy target for cynical media hacks and dim, surly pundits, but the Pro12 has actually been quite entertaining this season and is now set for a Battle Royale to decide the top-four play-off positions. True, the top six teams separated themselves quite early from the rest of the pack, but since then it's been neck and neck as they jockey for position. The top six in current order are Ulster, Glasgow, Leinster, Scarlets, Ospreys and Munster. Leinster will play all five of their rivals in their final seven games, with four of those at home starting with tomorrow's match against the Scarlets.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Benetton Treviso

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-02-15

With no Six Nations game this weekend, the focus is back on the league as Leinster take on Benetton Treviso at the RDS. The Leinster squad will go into the match buoyed by a fine performance from a young team last weekend in Cardiff. In a game played in miserable conditions on a heavy pitch, they took charge in the first half and ultimately ran out 26-11 winners. Of course only the supporters present were able to witness the performance as most Leinster fans were only able to "follow" the game on Twitter.
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