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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Benetton Treviso

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-02-08

After a three-week break, Leinster are back in action in the Pro12 against Italian side Benetton Treviso. Unfortunately because of TV scheduling, it's on a Thursday evening with a 7:05PM kick-off, which means the crowd will be greatly reduced from normal. Nevertheless it will provide a welcome distraction for the fans present from the latest wretched international display.
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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-01-06

Leinster take on Cardiff tomorrow evening with their unbeaten run still intact, but only just. As Miah Nikora's last-minute drop goal attempt drifted towards the posts, Joe Schmidt might have thought it was gone. It dropped short though and Leinster were relieved to hear the final whistle. If Nikora had made it though, it wouldn't have been an injustice and Leinster would have had only themselves to blame. They led 9-3 at half-time after playing into a strong wind and probably thought the job was largely done. They certainly played like that in the second half as their intensity dropped off and they let Connacht back into the game. The lineout was a disaster and the discipline was poor also.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-30

Leinster start the new year with a trip to Galway to face strugglers Connacht. The differences in the form guide between the two teams couldn't be starker though. Leinster are hoping to keep their unbeaten run going for a 13th match in a row stretching back to the home defeat against Glasgow in September. Poor Connacht on the other hand are desperately looking for a win to break an 11-match losing streak. They haven't won since beating the Dragons back in September and it's cast a shadow over a season that began with such excitement.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-23

As predicted, Leinster decided to take out their frustration about their narrow win away to Bath by hammering the same team at the Aviva stadium last week. Right from the start, they set about the struggling English side with a hunger for tries. As with the Glasgow home match, they reacted to a second row being sin-binned by outscoring the opposition two tries to nil while he was gone. Once the excellent Luke Fitzgerald scored his second try, the game was over and it was just a question of how many tries they'd score.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-12-01

Leinster take on Cardiff in the RDS tomorrow hoping to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games. They haven't lost since the shock defeat to Glasgow back in September and last week they successfully avoided a potential landmine by winning away in Treviso. After losing there last season Joe Schmidt would have been delighted with the win, especially after sending out a team with ten changes from the previous week.
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