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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-01-14

Last week Leinster completed their 'Christmas Schedule' with three wins from three after a somewhat bizarre win in Cardiff. Leinster got off to a blistering start with two tries in ten minutes but spent the rest of the game battling against the Italian referee and the Welsh officials. Marius Metrea lived up to the stereotype of the hometown Italian ref by penalising Leinster relentlessly while turning a blind eye to Cardiff's antics at the breakdown. The Welsh TMO Neil Ballard's decision to award the Cardiff try, despite having no evidence of the ball being touched down, should be enough to ensure he's never trusted with the job again. It's a poor reflection on the league that such a collection of clowns can be entrusted with such a high profile game.
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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-01-06

Leinster take on Cardiff tomorrow evening with their unbeaten run still intact, but only just. As Miah Nikora's last-minute drop goal attempt drifted towards the posts, Joe Schmidt might have thought it was gone. It dropped short though and Leinster were relieved to hear the final whistle. If Nikora had made it though, it wouldn't have been an injustice and Leinster would have had only themselves to blame. They led 9-3 at half-time after playing into a strong wind and probably thought the job was largely done. They certainly played like that in the second half as their intensity dropped off and they let Connacht back into the game. The lineout was a disaster and the discipline was poor also.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-30

Leinster start the new year with a trip to Galway to face strugglers Connacht. The differences in the form guide between the two teams couldn't be starker though. Leinster are hoping to keep their unbeaten run going for a 13th match in a row stretching back to the home defeat against Glasgow in September. Poor Connacht on the other hand are desperately looking for a win to break an 11-match losing streak. They haven't won since beating the Dragons back in September and it's cast a shadow over a season that began with such excitement.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-23

As predicted, Leinster decided to take out their frustration about their narrow win away to Bath by hammering the same team at the Aviva stadium last week. Right from the start, they set about the struggling English side with a hunger for tries. As with the Glasgow home match, they reacted to a second row being sin-binned by outscoring the opposition two tries to nil while he was gone. Once the excellent Luke Fitzgerald scored his second try, the game was over and it was just a question of how many tries they'd score.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Bath Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-16

In a major golf tournament the Saturday is called 'moving day', in that the players who are going to contend move into position and others drop away. The fourth week of the Heineken Cup pool stages is quite similar. By the end of it, everyone has a good idea of who's going to get out of their groups and who can basically concentrate on their domestic competition for the rest of the season.
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