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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-05-31

Leinster fell just short of completing a historic double in Thomond park yesterday, but will hold their heads high as Champions of Europe.

Fatigue was suggested, and seen, to be an issue in yesterday's game. It's been a long, hard season for the men in Blue, who battled through the best of Europe to reach their second Heineken Cup in three years. Newly crowned English champs Saracens fell to Leinster home and away in the pool stages of the competition. Runners up Leicester too fell in Lansdowne Road in the knock out stages. Three of the final four in the French Top 14, Toulouse and Clermont and Racing Metro, suffered defeat in Dublin. It's no surprise then, that bodies were battered and bruised coming into yesterday's final.


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Match Preview: Munster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-05-27

"One day like this a year'd see me right" - One Day Like This - Elbow

As the Leinster players lined up to collect their medals and the trophy last weekend, thousands of their fans in the stand sung along to Elbow's anthem. Yes, the fans may well have thought, one day like this a year would indeed see us right. It was a wonderful occasion and an incredible match, featuring one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in rugby.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-05-12

So Leinster are in endgame mode now with two trophies in their sights and only three games to win to take them both home with them for the summer. With the Heineken Cup final against Northampton coming up next Saturday, it's being a difficult balancing act for Leinster coach Joe Schmidt this week. Leinster's players wouldn't be human if they didn't have one eye on that match, however he's got to keep them focused on the job at hand.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-05-05

What an occasion!

Last week Leinster and Toulouse took to the stage of the Aviva stadium like two grizzled old gladiators. They went to war for 80 minutes and when it was all over, the respect between the two teams was palpable and heart-warming. There was no whining from the Toulouse coach and players, just a tip of the hat from one great team to another. Toulouse had given it everything but the better team had won on the day and they were man enough to admit it rather than trying to deflect the blame onto the referee like certain English teams have done this season. Once again, Toulouse showed their class.
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Match Preview: Aironi Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-04-22

For the first time in four years, Leinster will play an away match and only those fans lucky enough to have made the trip over will see it. Leinster fans at home will be reduced to relying on updates from the Magners League website and the OLSC twitter feed. It will be an odd experience as in recent years we've become somewhat spoilt in having all our away matches televised. However the failure of Dahlia TV has left Italian rugby without a host broadcaster and there is no-one there to relay the pictures to RTE or TG4.
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