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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2007-09-27

After a good start last weekend, Leinster face a tough trip to Cardiff on Friday night. The Welsh clubs decided to play some early fixtures at the start of September to avoid the fixture congestion that we saw at the end of last season. Cardiff took advantage by winning two from two against the Ospreys and the Dragons. They followed that up with a bonus point win over Glasgow last weekend and look to be in good shape.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2007-09-24

As first games of the season go, Leinster fans had more than a few reasons to be cheerful leaving the RDS on Saturday evening.  It was far from perfect and they didn't get the bonus point, but compared to previous season's opening games it was a pretty lively display marked by three fine tries.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2007-09-24

So, here we go again!

Leinster kick off their season against Edinburgh this Saturday at 5.30. After playing them four times last year, familiarity bred a little contempt so this year we play them...another four times! The pubs in Edinburgh must be sick of the sight of Leinster fans at this stage, so God only knows how the players feel about meeting each other again. That said, due to some trifling affair over in France, Saturday's occasion will carry a bit of the unknown. Leinster are missing seven internationals to the World Cup but Edinburgh are missing even more and with their trials and tribulations behind the scenes this summer it's hard to know to expect of the side they're fielding.
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Match Report: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Sarah Lennon, 2007-05-15

Win or bust. That was the task facing Leinster as they arrived in Cardiff on a wet Friday. A bonus point win would seal it, but a win was vital to have hope of succeeding where they had come so close the previous year.

Cardiff provided a bleak welcome as it had been raining heavily for most of the day. Just before kick off however the clouds parted. A good omen? The next eighty minutes would reveal all.
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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2007-05-10

So it all comes down to this. Leinster go to the Cardiff Arms Park tomorrow night knowing a bonus point win will guarantee them the Magners League title, regardless of what the Ospreys do the next day. If Leinster win without a bonus point they will be depending on the Borders pulling off a major shock by drawing with or beating the Ospreys. Of course the Ospreys have the advantage of knowing exactly what they'll have to do the next day. This is of course ridiculous. Back in 2004 and 2006, when the league came down to the last round of games, all the teams in contention were made to play their final games at the same time. This time however, the League's organisers have bowed to the wishes of the TV broadcasters, a decision that will do nothing for the credibility of the league.
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