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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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Match Preview: Toyota Cheetahs vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-09-21

Leinster got part one of their South African tour done last week with their third bonus point win of the season. It fit the pattern of the season so far, a poor first-half followed by a more clinical second. The Kings were game, especially at the breakdown but Leinster eventually realised their basic tackling was hopeless and powered through for a number of soft tries. The Kings weren't expected to be competitive and the local crowd stayed well away from it. The official attendance was three thousand, but they were lucky if there was five hundred people in the stands of the massive stadium.
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Match Preview: Southern Kings vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-09-15

Leinster will make a small bit of history when they become the first northern hemisphere team to play Pro14 rugby in South Africa. Leinster take on the Kings this Saturday and then the Cheetahs the following Friday. It's fair to say it's been a bit of a baptism by fire for both the South African newcomers so far. The Cheetahs lost to Ulster by 23 points before being hammered 51-18 by Munster last weekend. Similarly, the Kings were hammered 57-10 by the Scarlets, before putting in a slightly better effort only losing to Connacht by 22 points last Saturday.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-09-08

Leinster got their season off to the best possible start last week with a bonus point win away to the Dragons. It was a bit of a slow start from Leinster but while the Dragons dominated possession early on, they lacked the cutting edge to do much with it. In the second half Leinster's pack took over and from there it was a relatively straightforward win.
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Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-09-15

So farewell Pro12 and hello to the Pro14!!!

It's been quite a tumultuous summer for the league. Two South African teams discarded by Super Rugby have been re-routed into the league with the Celts and Italians. They've paid their way in to the tune of six million euro a year. Overall the move seems to be a stalking horse for South African teams to get away from their SANZAR partners and get into the more lucrative European club rugby market. These two teams may not be the last South African franchises to make the move.
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