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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Aironi Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-09-30

There was a terrible beauty about Leinster's win in Llanelli last week.

Sure the game itself was ugly as sin, error-strewn and dominated by the referee's whistle but forget the aesthetic quality and think about the character shown by the Leinster team. With 24 players unavailable, they'd every excuse to go through the motions and lose a difficult away tie. Certainly no one would have blamed them for doing so. However they bonded together and fought like men possessed to eke out a tight win. In a young team, the senior pro's like Isa Nacewa, Damian Browne and Heinke van der Merwe really stood up to be counted. The man of the match though was Richardt Strauss, who effectively played two positions at once (hooker and open-side flanker) and won countless turnovers on the deck.
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Match Preview: Scarlets vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-09-23

Glasgow didn't read the script!

It was set up for a lovely evening in the RDS last Saturday. The crowd was visibly buzzing from Ireland's heroics against Australia that morning, and after that magnificent feast, Leinster would surely provide a nice desert with a handy win full of nice tries. Leinster started well and seemed to be well in control of the match, but they didn't capitalise on their early dominance and Glasgow stayed in it. Then injuries took their toll in the second half and with Leinster players strewn all over the pitch, they scored the match-winning try in the second half.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Eugene Canavan, 2011-09-19

On a historic day for Irish rugby it was disappointment for Leinster whose undefeated home record of 28 games in all competitions came to an end. History was also made for Glasgow who at the 13thattempt defeated Leinster 23-19 on home soil for the very first time. With Leinster making up half the Irish squad, and providing 9 out of the 15 starters in the game against Australia, perhaps something had to give. Still, spoilt as we are under the Cheika and Joe Schmidt eras, Leinster fans hoped that the elation of seeing Ireland beat Australia for the first time in a world cup, bridging a gap of more than 30 years since we last beat them in the southern hemisphere could be backed up with a home win over Glasgow on Saturday night.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-09-16

That was more like it!

Okay, Leinster's win last week over the Dragons was far from perfect but after the dismal display against the Ospreys in week one, a 21 point win with three marvellous tries was quite satisfactory. True, there were still issues. There were once again problems with the lineout and the breakdown still wasn't up to standard either. Leinster played in patches and their defensive intensity wasn't as high as it should be, as we saw when they switched off for the Dragons' breakaway try.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Newport Gwent Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-09-08

Well that wasn't what we were expecting!

Leinster find themselves in the unusual position of being bottom of the table looking up at the rest of the Pro 12. Hey, it's only after one game so there's no need for panic but it's still slightly embarrassing for the European Champions. To lose away to the Ospreys is of course no disgrace but it was the manner of the performance that was truly shocking. Leinster were simply blown away in the first half to trail 27-3. They rallied somewhat in the second half to at least deny the Ospreys any more scores.
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