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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Zebre

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-02-11

Leinster's run of seven straight league wins came to an end a fortnight ago against the Dragons. It was well publicised that Leinster were up against it given the amount of players that were missing due to injury and international commitments. The Dragons deserved their win and could have been out of sight at half time but Leinster will regret that when they had a lengthy spell of pressure in the second half, they couldn't turn it into scores. A combination of awful discipline and naivety meant they left without even a losing bonus point and that will grate with Leo Cullen. It's meant Leinster have slipped down to fourth place in the table, although they still have a game in hand.
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Match Preview: Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-01-28

Leinster finished their European campaign the way the started it, by breaking records against Wasps. Unfortunately they were the wrong sort of records. After suffering their biggest European home defeat in their opening match against Wasps in the RDS, they registered their biggest ever defeat last weekend in Coventry. Now obviously rugby is a game where motivation is key and when it comes to the final round of games, you expect to see the teams with something to play for beat the teams only playing for pride. For many years, Leinster were the ones dealing out these sort of beatings. However it was shocking to see an all international team completely collapse the way they did in a second half which they lost 36-0. It was a reality check to the whole organisation that unless there's drastic improvement between now and next season, Leinster risk becoming perennial also-rans in Europe.
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Match Preview: Wasps vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-01-28

There was an element of nervousness in both the crowd and the coaching staff before last week's game against Bath as "Cullen's Cubs" were sent out to do battle with the English Premiership finalists of last season. The nervousness proved to be completely unfounded as each one of the six players starting their first European game played with no fear.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Bath Rugby

by Yvonne Kelly, 2016-01-17

Leinster faced Bath at the RDS already out of the European competition and with the English side needing a win to keep their hopes alive. Since the European defeats of earlier in the season Leinster's form has improved in the league and most Leinsterfans will have been excited to see the young team given their chance today. With the result immaterial to Leinster it was a chance for the younger players to gain valuable experience at this level and to show Leinsterfans that the future is bright.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Bath Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-01-15

After three league wins over the Christmas/New Year period, Leinster now have to complete their European fixtures. In competitive terms their two remaining games are meaningless as Leinster can't progress to the quarter-finals and they won't affect how Leinster are ranked in next year's tournament. However in more intangible terms, the games will still have meaning for Leinster and their players.
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