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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-05-29

When the Magners League announced that they were introducing play-offs, they must have been hoping for a first Grand Final like tomorrow with first versus second and two star-studded teams to boot. Both teams have two titles to their names and will want to be the first to complete the hat-trick. Leinster come into the game full of confidence after their excellent semi-final win over Munster two weeks ago. However they will be very wary of an Ospreys team that is packed with talent and who very much have a point to prove.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-05-14

Here we go again and it's a serious case of deja vu!

Like last season...Leinster play Munster for a third time.

Like last season...they meet in a semi-final.

Like last season...one team will go in as underdogs having lost the first two games.

The bizarre thing is that the roles have been completely reversed from last season.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-05-07

It was sweet while it lasted but Leinster relinquished their hold on the Heineken Cup last weekend. Once the draw was made and they knew they'd have to travel to Toulouse it was always going to be tough and so it proved. Toulouse were the better team on the day and fully deserved their win but it was to Leinster's immense credit that they fought bravely to the end. Their bravery was not matched by the performance though and in truth, they didn't play well enough to earn a place in the final. As good as Toulouse were, there still was moments when Leinster could have taken a foothold in the match but mistakes at this crucial times let them down. Another factor was the defence that hasn't been as good this term. Last season Leinster's defence was meaner than a Cavan man at Christmas, conceding only five tries in nine European games. This season, they conceded ten tries in eight games and while there were of course other factors involved, the simple fact was that it was easier to cross Leinster's line this year.
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Match Preview: Stade Toulousain vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-30

"It's on again, Contepomi says 'we'll go'! Hickie! Hickie is racing away and he's going to get past Pelous! He's got to time his pass. D'Arcy! Back to Hickie! Hickie for the corner!!!!!!"

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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-22

All good things come to an end and Leinster's twelve-match unbeaten run unfortunately ended with something of a whimper on Wednesday night in Galway. Though a strong Leinster team had been named in the hope of securing top spot in the league, their hearts never looked in it and they couldn't match Connacht's physicality in both defence and at the breakdown. Connacht richly deserved their win for their commitment and their intelligent tactics but it was still a desperately poor performance from Leinster.
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