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Match Preview: Munster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-12-24

There will be no turkey and mince pies for the Leinster players on the Christmas day however. They'll be preparing for the big match on St. Stephen's Day in Limerick where it's first versus second in the Pro12. The two teams' records this season are almost identical with eight wins, two defeats, 37 points and 34 tries scored each. The difference between the teams and the reason Munster occupy the top spot, is their defence. At almost the halfway point in the league, Munster currently have the best defensive record in the league having only conceded 15 tries and 129 points in their ten games so far.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Northampton Saints

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-12-16

Well, wasn't that nice?

Leinster broke their duck for European away wins in style with a comprehensive defeat of Northampton. They didn't quite match the 33 point margin from three years ago, but they were only six points off. That it was done after losing Joey Carbery and the rampant Rob Kearney to injury makes the margin all the more remarkable.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Newport Gwent Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-12-02

Leinster's six match winning run in the league came to an end over in Llanelli last week as the Scarlets beat them well. Leinster began the game brightly but a combination of poor skills and appalling discipline let Scarlets race into a 35-8 lead 15 minutes into the second half. Things looked bleak and a bad hiding looked on the cards but the 14 men showed great character and three of the youngsters in Adam Byrne, Tom Daly and Andrew Porter scored three second half tries which earned Leinster a bonus point from the game.
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Match Preview: Scarlets vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-11-24

It's been a fairly momentous three weeks in Irish rugby since Leinster last played. First Ireland finally got the monkey off their backs by beating New Zealand before nearly losing the head off their shoulders as the All Blacks hit back ruthlessly (in every sense of the word). That defeat has left Leinster sweating on the fitness of key men in Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw for the vital European match away to Northampton in two weeks time, but before that they have two Welsh teams to play in their bid to stay top of the League.
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Match Preview: Zebre vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-11-04

Leinster went back to the top of the Pro12 last week with a fine win over champions Connacht. Connacht started the stronger but once Leinster started to dominate up front, there was only going to be one winner. Leinster will hope to maintain that progress against a Zebre team on the up after winning their first ever away game in the league at Edinburgh last week.
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