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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-02-24

After last week's somewhat fortunate win over the Scarlets, Leinster retained their ten-point lead at the top of the table over the Ospreys. Leinster can't afford to get too complacent though. Of their seven remaining games, only two are at home and certainly Munster, Ulster and the Dragons are tough places to get wins. Their biggest threat to finishing top of the table may not come from second-placed Ospreys but from Munster who are currently in third place but have a game in hand. Munster's run-in looks a lot easier than Leinster's and they could well win all their remaining games. So Leinster will have to remain on guard to keep the points rolling in as much as possible.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-02-17

That's Leinstertainment!

Last weeks Leinster match against Treviso was set-up to be a drab affair. It was a lousy kick-off time, 7.05 on a Thursday, with people fighting through brutal rush hour traffic to get to the match. It was miserable weather-wise too, with constant rain all day and with Leinster having a fairly young team out, a dour, scrappy win was probably the best we could anticipate. However despite everything, a pretty decent Leinster crowd turned up and they were rewarded with a fine display of attacking rugby, particularly in the last half hour.
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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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