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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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Match Preview: Munster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-03-30

It would have all gone to plan if it wasn't for those pesky Ospreys!

With the return of Leo Cullen and Brian O'Driscoll and the debut of Brad Thorn, the fans packed into the RDS and were in the mood for a party. With Leinster leading 19-6, they looked on their way to a comfortable win, but as before at the RDS the Ospreys hadn't read the script. They stuck at it and sensed blood as Leinster began to wilt in the second half, particularly when they lost both their tighthead props, leaving their scrum badly exposed. In the end they got the benefit of some incompetence by the referee and the TMO, but Leinster shouldn't use that as an excuse, they threw it away and the better team won.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2012-03-22

With yet another mediocre Six Nations campaign over for Ireland, it's Leinster business only from now until (hopefully) the end of May. Obviously Leinster will have one eye on the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Cardiff coming up in a fortnight. But first they have some business to attend to in the Pro12 league facing their two nearest rivals, third-placed Ospreys and second-placed Munster in successive weeks. With an eleven-point lead with five games to go, Leinster would guarantee themselves top spot by winning both their next two games. This would allow them some leeway to rest players in the final three games, two of which are tough away trips to Ulster and the Dragons. Thomond Park is always a tough place to get a victory, so tomorrow's match against the Ospreys really is a must-win game.
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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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