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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Sarah Lennon, 2009-05-11

Leinster took on the Scarlets in a match that could have been a mouth-watering one had both sides not seen their league ambitions ended prematurely. As it was there were very different prizes in mind for both teams. For Scarlets it was their two Lions who would be looking to put in a performance to secure them a Test place against the Springboks and for the rest of the team Heineken Cup qualification was on their minds. For Leinster it was all about building momentum for the biggest game of many of their lives.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2009-05-11

Leinster's magnificent win last Saturday over Munster was the greatest day in their history! There have been great days before when Leinster have won with great style, but this time they married the style with real substance as the defence was simply incredible. Last week we said that to win they would have to rattle Munster while being almost perfect themselves. However it's one thing saying it here, another thing entirely to do it on the pitch.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Sarah Lennon, 2009-04-28

In their previous Magners League match Leinster fielded an almost unrecognisable team, however versus the Warriors Michael Cheika fielded a team that could make up the bulk of the team to face Munster next weekend. Of the likely candidates Rob Kearney was missing through illness and Leo Cullen was benched in order to give Devin Toner a run out. While the league was all but gone, Leinster do have a very sound home record to keep up and were looking for some continuity going into the crunch game in Croke Park.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2009-04-28

If the Magners league wasn't already lost after Leinster's defeat to Munster, the away defeat to Edinburgh last Friday was the final nail in the coffin for their hopes to defend their crown. A second string team were up against it, but it was still disappointing to see the manner in which they conceded three tries in the first twenty minutes. In fairness, they recovered to keep the score respectable and there were solid contributions from youngsters like Sean O'Brien, Paul O'Donohue and Fergus McFadden. But for a number of squad players it may herald the beginning of the end of their Leinster careers.
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Match Report: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Sarah Lennon, 2009-04-21

They say that familiarity breeds contempt. There's an argument that Leinster and Edinburgh must be truly sick of the sight of each other having played each other about a dozen times in the last three years. Having said all that there was an unfamiliar look to this Leinster team as most of the previous week's XV were given the weekend off. With Munster so far ahead in the league it seemed that the sole focus of the Leinster management was on the upcoming HEC semi final.
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