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Match Preview: Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-11-30

Last week's game turned out to be much easier than expected for Leinster.

After naming such an inexperienced team, Leinster looked up against it but they absolutely crushed an Ospreys team who uncharacteristically threw up the white flag after about twenty minutes. But Leinster will just be happy with how youngsters like Scott Penny, Hugo Keenan and Conor O'Brien went. Ciaran Frawley also performed commendably and he and O'Brien could come in very useful over the new seven weeks considering the amount of injuries Leinster have to midfield and back three players.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-11-22

Leinster are back after a three week break.

With the autumn international series concluding on Saturday, Leinster take on the Ospreys severely stretched for playing resources. Between the players needed for the USA game and the players who are deservedly rested after beating New Zealand plus the number of injuries that have sprung up, Leinster are missing close to 25 players. However on the bright side it will mean that several of the young players who have excelled recently in the Celtic Cup win will get their chance.
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Match Preview: Southern Kings vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-11-02

Leinster play their only game this season in South Africa on Sunday afternoon.

Obviously this game is taking place in the shadow of the beginning of Ireland's Autumn International campaign but Leinster will want to keep their winning Pro14 run going while also giving valuable gametime to members of the wider squad. Last week Leinster were in Italy where they comfortably beat Treviso in an incredibly tedious match. But Leinster put in a professional performance and with a three week break before their next match at home to the Ospreys, they will want to sign off with another win.
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Match Preview: Benetton Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-10-26

After the high of the Wasps match and the exaltation that followed, Leinster were brought back to earth with a bump last week in Toulouse.

Toulouse were just more up for the fight for the first twenty minutes and Leinster looked a little shell-shocked. They did recover well though to the point where they looked like a bonus point win for Leinster was the most likely outcome. But then Luke McGrath's pass was intercepted for a super team try and Leinster lacked composure when they looked to generate a final winning drive at the end.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-09-28

After a decent if relatively low key start to the season for Leinster, it starts to ramp up now.

First up are two tough inter-provincial derbies away to Connacht and at home to Munster before the visit of Wasps to the RDS and then a trip to Toulouse in the Heineken Cup (isn't it great that we can call it that again?). We've seen in the past where the results in these block of games can set the tone for the rest of the season. Leinster looked in fairly decent shape last week though. The first half was a fairly turgid affair but it was lit up by the superb movement and passing for the James Lowe try and Leinster played some nice stuff after that to win comfortably. However they will face a big rise in intensity when they take on Connacht in Galway tomorrow evening.
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