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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-02-22

It has often been an easy target for cynical media hacks and dim, surly pundits, but the Pro12 has actually been quite entertaining this season and is now set for a Battle Royale to decide the top-four play-off positions. True, the top six teams separated themselves quite early from the rest of the pack, but since then it's been neck and neck as they jockey for position. The top six in current order are Ulster, Glasgow, Leinster, Scarlets, Ospreys and Munster. Leinster will play all five of their rivals in their final seven games, with four of those at home starting with tomorrow's match against the Scarlets.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Benetton Treviso

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-02-15

With no Six Nations game this weekend, the focus is back on the league as Leinster take on Benetton Treviso at the RDS. The Leinster squad will go into the match buoyed by a fine performance from a young team last weekend in Cardiff. In a game played in miserable conditions on a heavy pitch, they took charge in the first half and ultimately ran out 26-11 winners. Of course only the supporters present were able to witness the performance as most Leinster fans were only able to "follow" the game on Twitter.
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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-02-15

There's no getting away from it, it's been a tough few weeks for Leinster fans. First up there was the exit from the Heineken Cup and that was followed up the following week by the news that Jonathan Sexton would be moving on to play his club rugby in France next season.
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Match Preview: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-01-03

It wasn't pretty last week but a young team got the win Leinster needed against Connacht to end their losing streak and keep them in touch with the top four. Once again, Glasgow, Munster and the Ospreys, Leinster's closest contenders at the moment, all won but the top two teams, Ulster and Scarlets, both lost. Ulster are still unlikely to be caught at the top but the Scarlets defeat means they are in big danger of slipping down, especially as they have to travel to Ravenhill to face the leaders tomorrow. There's only three points between second placed Scarlets and sixth placed Leinster which shows how competitive the battle for the top four is this season.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-12-28

Leinster come into the second Christmas inter-pro desperate for a win. Three defeats in a row simply doesn't sit well and even if they came against two of the form teams in Europe in Clermont and Ulster, Leinster coach Joe Schmidt will be very anxious to get a win to restore morale. Leinster played some good rugby up in Ravenhill but once the scrum started to crumble there was only going to be one winner.
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