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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-03-03

It's getting tight at the top!

With just six league games to go now for Leinster, the battle for that all-important top two spot is going to be tense. Another bonus point went begging last week against Treviso and with the Ospreys getting a five point haul against Connacht, they're now two points ahead of Leinster in second place. The Ospreys have a pretty reasonable run-in and can concentrate their full attention on the league, making them all the more dangerous.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Treviso

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-03-11

Humans are the only creatures on the planet known to seek revenge, and Friday night's game may have had a hint of that. Coach Joe Schmidt again had to make do with a depleted side for Friday's game against Treviso, with his senior players tied up in Ireland duties. Yet, to their credit, the Leinster youth, no matter how inexperienced, are proving that they are future stars of the game. O'Malley, McKinley and Conway will soon be serious threats for first team jerseys. Also well received was the return of Stan Wright who got 40 minutes.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Treviso

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-24

Leinster take on Treviso this Friday hoping to bounce back from a defeat away to Cardiff last weekend. That defeat ended their winning streak and coupled with the Ospreys's win away to Treviso meant they dropped from second to fourth in the table. Leinster still have four home games in their remaining seven fixtures plus winnable away trips to Aironi and the Dragons. Winning all these games should be enough to get them the crucial top two spot, however their failure to even get a losing bonus point last week has removed any wiggle room.
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Match Report: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-02-23

There is certainly an argument against playing Magners League fixtures at this time of year. Especially for the bigger teams like Leinster, who can suffer greatly in the Spring, as the coaches look to diminished squads, and untested combinations for form. This was exactly the problem coach Joe Schmidt was faced with on Saturday as his seriously depleted squad travelled to Cardiff for a tough game against the Blues.
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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-18

After getting back into action last week with a scrappy win against Aironi, Leinster travel to face Cardiff in what could be a crucial match for their prospects of finishing in the top two. Leinster's win over Aironi, coupled with the Scarlets defeat away to Connacht, meant that they are now in second place in the table. At the moment Cardiff are in third place, two points behind Leinster, but crucially they also have a game in hand. If they can beat Leinster on Saturday then they'd fancy themselves to stay in that position, especially as they're out of Europe and can concentrate on the league.
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