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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Zebre

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-01-05

It's fair to say it wasn't a particularly satisfying Christmas for Leinster.

After they got nothing in the Munster match, they would have expected five points on New Year's Eve against a fairly weak Ulster team. For 42 minutes all was going to plan as Leinster raced into a 22-0 lead. True, they weren't playing that great and they were fortunate that Tommy Bowe didn't apply his hand resin before the match, but surely the bonus point was only a matter of time? But it never happened and more worrying, never really looked like happening either. Instead Ulster dominated possession for the rest of the match and held Leinster scoreless.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-12-30

Leinster went to Munster on Monday and were well beaten, a fairly predictable outcome given the relative strengths of the two sides. Munster took a punt on naming most of their internationals and it worked but Leinster didn't help themselves with some very poor kicking from hand. They'll be disappointed not to have put in a better performance but they'll move on to their New Year's Eve clash with Ulster determined to get back to winning ways.
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Match Preview: Munster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-12-24

There will be no turkey and mince pies for the Leinster players on the Christmas day however. They'll be preparing for the big match on St. Stephen's Day in Limerick where it's first versus second in the Pro12. The two teams' records this season are almost identical with eight wins, two defeats, 37 points and 34 tries scored each. The difference between the teams and the reason Munster occupy the top spot, is their defence. At almost the halfway point in the league, Munster currently have the best defensive record in the league having only conceded 15 tries and 129 points in their ten games so far.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Newport Gwent Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-12-02

Leinster's six match winning run in the league came to an end over in Llanelli last week as the Scarlets beat them well. Leinster began the game brightly but a combination of poor skills and appalling discipline let Scarlets race into a 35-8 lead 15 minutes into the second half. Things looked bleak and a bad hiding looked on the cards but the 14 men showed great character and three of the youngsters in Adam Byrne, Tom Daly and Andrew Porter scored three second half tries which earned Leinster a bonus point from the game.
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Match Preview: Scarlets vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-11-24

It's been a fairly momentous three weeks in Irish rugby since Leinster last played. First Ireland finally got the monkey off their backs by beating New Zealand before nearly losing the head off their shoulders as the All Blacks hit back ruthlessly (in every sense of the word). That defeat has left Leinster sweating on the fitness of key men in Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw for the vital European match away to Northampton in two weeks time, but before that they have two Welsh teams to play in their bid to stay top of the League.
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