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Match Preview: Scarlets vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-08-31

Those damn Ospreys!!!

Leinster had their most successful season ever last term. They won the most games, lost only four all season and retained the Heineken Cup after going unbeaten throughout that competition. Yet, the season finished on something of a sour note as the Ospreys beat them in a thrilling Pro12 final in the RDS. The Leinster players were devastated at the final whistle, giving the lie to the current English propaganda about Irish teams not caring about their league.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-05-26

Having watched their team become Heineken Cup Champions for the third time in four years, Leinster fans are in dreamland at the moment. Back in December 2007, when Leinster had just been knocked out of the pool stages by Edinburgh at Murrayfield after a truly awful display, talk of winning one trophy seemed delusional, let alone three less than five years later. Back then the likes of Michael Cheika, Leo Cullen and Brian O'Driscoll were utterly sick of the tag of the boys who played pretty rugby but always bottled it when it really mattered.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-05-11

After the heroics of Bordeaux, Joe Schmidt had the luxury of being able to change his entire starting fifteen for the trip to Newport to play the Dragons last week. The fixture was pretty much meaningless as Leinster would finish top of the league regardless. However Schmidt would still have been delighted that his young team were able to win at a tough venue like Rodney Parade. It meant Leinster finished off their regular season with their best ever record of 18 wins, 1 draw and just 3 defeats.
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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-04-19

In terms of the first part of the season's league ambitions, it was very much mission accomplished last Friday night at the RDS. After having to travel to Thomond Park for last season's final, Joe Schmidt was determined not to have to do that again. To make sure, Leinster had to finish top of the table to ensure home advantage for the semis and the final. Last week's win over Edinburgh coupled with the Ospreys' failure to get a fourth try against Cardiff meant Leinster achieved this target with two games to spare. This was despite a poor start to the league that saw them lose two of their first three games.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-04-12

Classy, Clinical and Professional!

Leinster turned up with their A-game last week, well for the first 46 minutes anyway. With 34 points racked up and the win more than secure, Leinster seemed to go into camouflage mode and effectively worked on their defensive drills for the rest of the match. They were content with only scoring the four tries but each one was a dazzling work of sublime passing and support running. There must be a special mention for Brian O'Driscoll's score though, which will be hard to beat for try of the season.
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