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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-11-23

Leinster are back after a three week break. Their last game saw them defeated away to Glasgow. On paper it looks a tough task to win away to Glasgow, but Leinster actually started the game really well. They were left to rue a disastrous ten minute spell in the first half though when weak defending allowed Glasgow to run in three tries. Leinster had the advantage up front and they dominated possession in the second half but a lack of leadership and some desperate decision making meant they went home with nothing. The defeat meant they dropped back behind Ulster into third place in Conference B.
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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-11-03

Last week's game against Ulster was a nice surprise. It was fairly even in the first half but Leinster took command and played the conditions well in the second half to pull away for their first win in Belfast for three years.
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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-10-27

So 10 out of 10 ain't bad!

Going to Glasgow and returning with five points to go with the five points from the first week has certainly exceeded expectations in Europe. It wasn't perfect and there was still far too many tackles missed but Leinster bullied Glasgow up front and were pretty ruthless with the chances they created. There's still a long way to go in the pool however as Exeter's superb win in Montpellier has set up the double-header in December perfectly.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-10-13

Didn't I say it was going to be a shit-show!

As predicted, last week's game against Edinburgh was a manky, error-strewn display of rugby dross. The rustiness could be forgiven with the "top, top" international players (the ones that wore the red jerseys on that imperialist relic of a tour last summer) returning but once again it was an awful team display with the missed tackle count in the twenties for the third game running. What was less forgivable was the daft decision-making which saw Leinster refuse to take easy points from kicking a penalty even once in a tight game.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-09-28

Let's just say Leinster won't be in any rush to go back to South Africa anytime soon.

A tour beset by problems from the start ended in a comprehensive defeat to the Cheetahs last Friday. The Cheetahs were worthy winners, powerful up front and quick out wide, but Leinster were very poor. Their defending in particular was appalling.
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