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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-05-07

It was sweet while it lasted but Leinster relinquished their hold on the Heineken Cup last weekend. Once the draw was made and they knew they'd have to travel to Toulouse it was always going to be tough and so it proved. Toulouse were the better team on the day and fully deserved their win but it was to Leinster's immense credit that they fought bravely to the end. Their bravery was not matched by the performance though and in truth, they didn't play well enough to earn a place in the final. As good as Toulouse were, there still was moments when Leinster could have taken a foothold in the match but mistakes at this crucial times let them down. Another factor was the defence that hasn't been as good this term. Last season Leinster's defence was meaner than a Cavan man at Christmas, conceding only five tries in nine European games. This season, they conceded ten tries in eight games and while there were of course other factors involved, the simple fact was that it was easier to cross Leinster's line this year.
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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-22

All good things come to an end and Leinster's twelve-match unbeaten run unfortunately ended with something of a whimper on Wednesday night in Galway. Though a strong Leinster team had been named in the hope of securing top spot in the league, their hearts never looked in it and they couldn't match Connacht's physicality in both defence and at the breakdown. Connacht richly deserved their win for their commitment and their intelligent tactics but it was still a desperately poor performance from Leinster.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-20

Leinster make an unfamiliar midweek trip to Galway to play the fixture that was originally scheduled for January 2nd. After opting not to play the match during the Six Nations, this fixture was always likely to be at an awkward time and Leinster now have to play two games in two days with a trip to Glasgow on Friday. So coach Michael Cheika has taken the unusual step of naming his side for both matches early.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-15

Last Friday was simply one of the great nights at the RDS. Clermont were possibly the finest team Leinster have ever hosted and they brought with them three thousand fans who were quite magnificent. Leinster has never seen a travelling support from France like it, from their march out of town to the ground to the colour, noise and passion they brought to the match itself. They were also very gracious in defeat after the match, despite their crushing disappointment. Dublin publicans certainly did very well out of them and will look forward to the next time they visit!
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Match Preview: Munster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-04-01

Never before has a Munster-Leinster Magners league game caught the imagination of the nation like this. Granted, much of the attention is down to the furore caused in Limerick by the game being fixed for Good Friday. Then a local judge decided to make it a "Great Friday" by allowing the pubs to serve alcohol, and in one swoop set the Irish drinking classes free from years of oppression from the Catholic Church!!
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