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Match Preview: ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-04-27

It's them again!

After crossing paths three times in the last two seasons, you always got the sense that Leinster and Clermont Auvergne would renew acquaintances again this term.
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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-04-19

In terms of the first part of the season's league ambitions, it was very much mission accomplished last Friday night at the RDS. After having to travel to Thomond Park for last season's final, Joe Schmidt was determined not to have to do that again. To make sure, Leinster had to finish top of the table to ensure home advantage for the semis and the final. Last week's win over Edinburgh coupled with the Ospreys' failure to get a fourth try against Cardiff meant Leinster achieved this target with two games to spare. This was despite a poor start to the league that saw them lose two of their first three games.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-04-12

Classy, Clinical and Professional!

Leinster turned up with their A-game last week, well for the first 46 minutes anyway. With 34 points racked up and the win more than secure, Leinster seemed to go into camouflage mode and effectively worked on their defensive drills for the rest of the match. They were content with only scoring the four tries but each one was a dazzling work of sublime passing and support running. There must be a special mention for Brian O'Driscoll's score though, which will be hard to beat for try of the season.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-04-06

After what seems like a very long time, (it's eleven weeks actually) Leinster are back in Heineken Cup action tomorrow against Cardiff. Now all the niceties of the pool stages are over and it's pure knock-out rugby from now on. This ramps up the excitement of course, but also the nervousness. Last year Leinster took on Leicester Tigers at this stage and it was an achingly tense match. Leinster weren't at their best but they managed to dog their way through. This year, there hasn't been half as much nervousness amongst fans because Leinster are such raging hot favourites. However, being so strongly fancied can bring dangers of it's own, as we saw in last year's final against Northampton. Leinster's coaches have been bigging up Cardiff all week to keep minds focused and understandably so.
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Match Preview: Munster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-03-30

It would have all gone to plan if it wasn't for those pesky Ospreys!

With the return of Leo Cullen and Brian O'Driscoll and the debut of Brad Thorn, the fans packed into the RDS and were in the mood for a party. With Leinster leading 19-6, they looked on their way to a comfortable win, but as before at the RDS the Ospreys hadn't read the script. They stuck at it and sensed blood as Leinster began to wilt in the second half, particularly when they lost both their tighthead props, leaving their scrum badly exposed. In the end they got the benefit of some incompetence by the referee and the TMO, but Leinster shouldn't use that as an excuse, they threw it away and the better team won.
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