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Match Preview: Castres Olympique vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-23

All last week, Leinster were like a boxer talking up a less than respected opponent. The mantra was all about how they would treat the game as a test match with the required intensity from the start. The idea was right but the body language told another story and Leinster were instead sluggish from the start. In the second half they roused themselves for a scrappy points victory but they couldn't land the knock-out punch (i.e. bonus point) that the crowd were baying for.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Castres Olympique

by Sarah Lennon, 2008-12-10

Leinster were rather patched up for this Pool two match with Castres. No fewer than seven players were missing including Leinster's first choice outhalves Felipe Contepomi and Isa Nacewa. Jonathan Sexton was given his first HEC start having impressed in a cameo against Wasps in October. Sean O'Brien was a European debutante too coming in for the injured Shane Jennings.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Castres Olympique

by Jim O'Connor, 2008-12-05

After getting back to winning ways last week against the Dragons, Leinster resume their Heineken Cup campaign with crucial back to back fixtures against Castres. Having made a perfect start to the group with a maximum haul of ten points from the first two matches, Leinster know the next two games could go a long way towards securing qualification. In stark contrast, Castres have lost their first two matches and are second from bottom in the French league, however Michael Cheika had gone out of his way this week to warn against any complacency.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Newport Gwent Dragons

by Sarah Lennon, 2008-12-02

The last time Leinster played Dragons at the RDS it was to clinch the Magners League title. On this occasion however staying in contention for this years trophy was very much on the mind of the home team. Three league defeats and Munster's current form meant there was no room for error.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Newport Gwent Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2008-12-02

Irish rugby fans, stung by the sheer dreariness of the Irish international team's autumn series, will doubtless be relieved to get back to supporting their provinces this weekend. League leaders Munster have a tough trip away to the Scarlets, while Connacht and Ulster face off against one another. Leinster face the Dragons at home in a bid to restart a Magners League campaign that has stalled badly. Their form in Europe has been near perfect, with ten points and ten tries from two games. The contrast with the recent Magners league form makes for pretty stark reading though with only two points and no tries in the last three games.
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