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Match Preview: Newport Gwent Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-02-23

Last week against Edinburgh, Leinster scored six tries for the second game running but it came at a considerable cost. Leinster were losing players to injury right from the start and in the second half they had a ragball rovers look to them with the starting out-half at full back, the starting scrum-half on the wing and the reserve hooker on the flank. They actually finished the game with 14 players as Joey Carbery's lack of match fitness meant he couldn't complete the 80 minutes.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-02-16

Italy was a happy hunting ground for Leinster and Ireland last weekend as they both strolled to wins, scoring fifteen tries between them. True, Italian rugby is in a truly dire state and poor Conor O'Shea has a hell of a job ahead of him but both teams showed the appropriate ruthlessness and moved on. It's only a five day-gap between Leinster's match tomorrow at home to Edinburgh so there's a bit of a demand on the squad.
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Match Preview: Benetton Treviso vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-02-16

It seems a long, long time ago since we last previewed a Leinster match. Then, we were buzzing off the high of Leinster's demolition of Montpellier. Leinster looked well placed to finish as top seeds if they won in Castres and then we had a potential Grand Slam with Ireland to look forward to.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Zebre

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-01-05

It's fair to say it wasn't a particularly satisfying Christmas for Leinster.

After they got nothing in the Munster match, they would have expected five points on New Year's Eve against a fairly weak Ulster team. For 42 minutes all was going to plan as Leinster raced into a 22-0 lead. True, they weren't playing that great and they were fortunate that Tommy Bowe didn't apply his hand resin before the match, but surely the bonus point was only a matter of time? But it never happened and more worrying, never really looked like happening either. Instead Ulster dominated possession for the rest of the match and held Leinster scoreless.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-12-30

Leinster went to Munster on Monday and were well beaten, a fairly predictable outcome given the relative strengths of the two sides. Munster took a punt on naming most of their internationals and it worked but Leinster didn't help themselves with some very poor kicking from hand. They'll be disappointed not to have put in a better performance but they'll move on to their New Year's Eve clash with Ulster determined to get back to winning ways.
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