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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2008-02-28

Leinster resume their Magners League challenge with a tough away trip to Connacht. On the face of it, it's top of the table against bottom and should be a routine win for Leinster. However that doesn't take account of the fact that it's an inter-provincial derby. Though Leinster have generally beaten Connacht over the last five seasons, it's never been easy and there's rarely been more than a score in it. Even when Leinster seem to have won handily, the scores haven't really reflected the games. Last season at the Sportsground two late tries gave Leinster a flattering 31-16 win, but that didn't reflect how tight the game was right up until the last few minutes. Similarly at the home match this season, two late Gordon D'Arcy tries gave Leinster a twenty point winning margin which in no way told the story of the match. So while Leinster will travel with the confidence of league leaders, they will know to expect a hard-fought battle.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Sarah Lennon, 2008-02-18

A scratch Leinster team took on Cardiff, for whom the six nations was not as disruptive to the availability of players. A win was essential for Leinster as a win for Cardiff would see them join the league leaders at the top.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2008-02-15

So after a four-week hiatus, Leinster return to action this Saturday night with a top of the table match against Cardiff. Shoe-horned into the rest weekends from the Six Nations, normally Magners League games are almost seen as filler but this is a crucial match for Leinster's season. Out of the Heineken Cup, the Magners League is now the only chance of getting something out of this campaign. After blowing their chances in the run-in in the last two seasons, Leinster will be determined to win the title at the third time of asking. A win in Saturday's match will be a big step to achieving that.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Sarah Lennon, 2011-08-23

While it was the league leaders who took on the defending champions in this Magners League game it was a barely recognisable Ospreys team that took to the field at the RDS. The Ospreys had one or perhaps both eyes on the following weeks Heineken Cup Round 5 tie with Gloucester. Leinster on the other hand knew that a win would put daylight between them and the chasing pack.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2008-01-04

After the misery of the Heineken Cup defeat away to Edinburgh, Leinster regained some self-respect with a comprehensive defeat of Ulster on St. Stephen's Day. It was a tough, gritty performance in which the pack was dominant throughout. Despite the 29 point margin of victory and a defensive clean-sheet there was still some griping about the failure to earn a bonus point.
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