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Match Preview: Zebre vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-04-19

Last week Leinster ground out a tough win against Munster in Thomond Park. In truth the performance was quite ordinary again. As with the games against Ulster and Connacht, Leinster were out-scored in terms of tries and had to rely on the immaculate boot of Ian Madigan for most of their points. Admittedly they did show great character to dig out the win in the last ten minutes but Joe Schmidt will know his side will have to find their real form soon if they are to challenge for silverware.
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Match Preview: Munster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-04-12

It was all going so well.

After Leinster beat Glasgow three weeks ago, they moved to the top of the table for the first time this season. A win over struggling Ulster in the RDS, where they'd been undefeated all season, and Leinster would be in a very strong position to top the table and ensure they were at home for the play-offs. Unfortunately Ulster hadn't read the script and they tore into Leinster's weak defensive line with abandon. Though they had to survive a siege on their line at the end, Ulster certainly deserved their win.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-03-29

Three months can be a long time in rugby.

When Ulster beat Leinster 27-19 in Belfast the weekend before Christmas, it put them 16 points ahead of them on the table. Leinster were down in the dumps having suffered three losses in a row for the first time in many years. Ulster were in flying form though with 14 wins from 15 games and were looking serious contenders in both the league and in Europe.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-03-22

The Six Nations Championship may have been a disaster for Ireland, but Leinster weren't untouched either as they suffered plenty of collateral damage with several injuries to first-choice backs. Eoin Reddan and Luke Fitzgerald are out for the season and Jonathan Sexton will do well to make it back for the last few games before he heads off to France. Fergus McFadden was injured too although hopefully he will be back fairly soon. Coupled with Brian O'Driscoll's ban it means Leinster are missing 5 of their starting backline.
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Match Preview: Newport Gwent Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-02-28

All in all, it was a pretty satisfying round of games for Leinster last weekend. Glasgow beat Ulster to re-open the race for first place and Treviso surprisingly thumped Munster to really damage their play-off chances. Best of all though was Leinster's win over the Scarlets. With the Scarlets having named a seemingly stronger team on paper, including an almost first-choice pack, Leinster looked set for a tough, tight battle.
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