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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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Match Preview: Ospreys vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-09-01

Leinster kick off their Magners Lea...eh sorry, let's start that again.

Leinster kick off their RaboBank Pro 12 (quite the mouthful that) campaign against the Ospreys in Swansea on Friday evening.
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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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