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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-10-26

Leinster did what they needed to against the Scarlets last week in that they got a vital win to keep themselves alive in the group. However considering the way they started in the first half, they may be a little disappointed that they didn't push on and win by an even bigger score and possibly even bag a bonus point too. The travelling Leinster fans were certainly pleased by the physical intensity their team showed as Leinster bullied the Scarlets at the breakdown and in the set-piece. The defence was also generally good too, aside from one highly uncharacteristic mistake from the greatest defensive outside centre the game has ever seen.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-10-05

Leinster's performance last week against Connacht was simply unacceptable on every level. A defeat to Connacht in Galway is no disgrace, indeed Leinster were fortunate enough to win there last season. But the scale of the defeat (their heaviest in the league for five years) and manner of the performance was frankly shocking. Yes, it was a disrupted build-up to the match with the international camp early in the week and the injuries keep piling up, with three more players Gordon D'Arcy, Quinn Roux and Rob Kearney departing in the first quarter.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-09-27

After a dignified tribute to Nevin Spence last week from both players and supporters, Leinster flew out of the blocks against Edinburgh. They were 10-0 up after fifteen minutes playing some very nice, free-flowing rugby. Yet after that they lost their edge against a determined Edinburgh team who tackled bravely and competed smartly at the breakdown. It took nearly 40 minutes for them to score again and even after Brendan Macken's two well-taken tries, they were still hanging on nervously at the end.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-10-05

Leinster got out of jail last week as a monster Johnny Sexton drop goal grabbed back a game that looked to have slipped through their fingers. As often happens when so many internationals return at once it was an uneven performance from Leinster. Truth be told, Treviso played most of the rugbyand deserved the victory. But once again Leinster showed their character and will to win and Devin Toner did great work to regain the restart and set up the drive that ultimately led to Sexton's drop goal. So even if the performance wasn't memorable, it's still a useful result to have in the bag because by the looks of that Treviso side they'll take a lot of points off Leinster's rivals this season.
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Match Preview: Benetton Treviso vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-09-14

Leinster responded to their heavy opening day defeat by beating the Dragons by 20 points last week. However the performance was something of a mixed bag still, with some wonderful attacking moments balanced by more dreadfully soft defending. Joe Schmidt was happy to get a bonus point win but as he put it himself, conceding ten tries in two games is "not us". Things need to tighten up, especially with a tough trip to Italy tomorrow.
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