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Match Preview: Southern Kings vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-11-02

Leinster play their only game this season in South Africa on Sunday afternoon.

Obviously this game is taking place in the shadow of the beginning of Ireland's Autumn International campaign but Leinster will want to keep their winning Pro14 run going while also giving valuable gametime to members of the wider squad. Last week Leinster were in Italy where they comfortably beat Treviso in an incredibly tedious match. But Leinster put in a professional performance and with a three week break before their next match at home to the Ospreys, they will want to sign off with another win.
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Match Preview: Benetton Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-10-26

After the high of the Wasps match and the exaltation that followed, Leinster were brought back to earth with a bump last week in Toulouse.

Toulouse were just more up for the fight for the first twenty minutes and Leinster looked a little shell-shocked. They did recover well though to the point where they looked like a bonus point win for Leinster was the most likely outcome. But then Luke McGrath's pass was intercepted for a super team try and Leinster lacked composure when they looked to generate a final winning drive at the end.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-09-28

After a decent if relatively low key start to the season for Leinster, it starts to ramp up now.

First up are two tough inter-provincial derbies away to Connacht and at home to Munster before the visit of Wasps to the RDS and then a trip to Toulouse in the Heineken Cup (isn't it great that we can call it that again?). We've seen in the past where the results in these block of games can set the tone for the rest of the season. Leinster looked in fairly decent shape last week though. The first half was a fairly turgid affair but it was lit up by the superb movement and passing for the James Lowe try and Leinster played some nice stuff after that to win comfortably. However they will face a big rise in intensity when they take on Connacht in Galway tomorrow evening.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-09-21

Last week's match against the Dragons went pretty much as expected for Leinster. A bit scrappy and rusty in the first half but when Leinster kicked on they blew them away. Tomorrow evening's game is unlikely to be a similar cakewalk though.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-09-21

If you'd offered Leinster six points from their opening two games of the season, both of which were tricky road trips to Wales, they probably would have taken it. However having been highly fortunate to snag a win over Cardiff, they were a touch unlucky not to win last week against the Scarlets. They looked in firm control at half-time but they got a little sloppy after that and let the Scarlets back into it. Even then they had a chance to snatch it at the end with a penalty or a drop goal but they made a less than wise choice to run the ball into the wide channels where it was turned over and lost. As expected the Scarlets were delighted with themselves for getting the win and the rivalry between the two sides is getting nice and spicy.
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