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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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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-09-21

Last week's match against the Dragons went pretty much as expected for Leinster. A bit scrappy and rusty in the first half but when Leinster kicked on they blew them away. Tomorrow evening's game is unlikely to be a similar cakewalk though.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-09-21

If you'd offered Leinster six points from their opening two games of the season, both of which were tricky road trips to Wales, they probably would have taken it. However having been highly fortunate to snag a win over Cardiff, they were a touch unlucky not to win last week against the Scarlets. They looked in firm control at half-time but they got a little sloppy after that and let the Scarlets back into it. Even then they had a chance to snatch it at the end with a penalty or a drop goal but they made a less than wise choice to run the ball into the wide channels where it was turned over and lost. As expected the Scarlets were delighted with themselves for getting the win and the rivalry between the two sides is getting nice and spicy.
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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-08-30

Well, how do you follow that?

Leinster finally did the double last season, becoming the first Irish side to do so. After grinding out a win against Racing in Bilbao they clinched the Pro14 in style with a dominant and entertaining win over Scarlets in the Aviva Stadium.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-05-25

Leinster can make history in their final match of the season.

They can become the first team outside of France and England to win a European Cup/League double. It was a nervy finish last week against Munster and in truth they rode their luck at times. Both teams got good and bad decisions off a referee who was utterly out of his depth and who mystifyingly has been awarded this week's final too. But the real luck was that their dodgy defending out wide wasn't exposed more mainly due to Munster's dreadful passing. Passes were flung high, forward and wide and poor defensive reads were glossed over but the Scarlets backline would have been licking their lips.
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