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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Zebre

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-02-19

Last week, Leinster had a great chance to push themselves into third place in the table, especially after the Ospreys lost away to Edinburgh. Instead they lost to a Dragons team in Dublin for the first time ever. The Dragons had previously only beaten fellow bottom-four teams Cardiff, Treviso and Zebre this season in the league. There were the usual excuses from the Leinster management about the refereeing and the lack of a T.M.O. but if it had been televised, Leinster's only try would probably have been ruled out for a forward pass.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Newport Gwent Dragons

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-02-14

It does seem like an age since Leinster last played. Obviously the focus has been on Ireland for the last three weeks but the game over in Wasps feels like a distant memory. Or perhaps we would just prefer to forget it?

That game summed up where Leinster are at the moment. The first half, when Leinster were totally dominant, gave the fans a taste of what they could be. The second half however, when they pretty much collapsed, showed fans where they really are.
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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-01-09

Leinster bounced back last week with a decent win over Ulster. After a poor enough first half, in which they were fortunate Ulster didn't take their chances, Leinster dominated the second for a deserved victory. On a good weekend all round, all of the top four teams lost, remarkably none even earning a bonus point, so Leinster edged into the top four.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-01-02

After a mildly encouraging performance against Connacht, it was normal service resumed for Leinster last week. As in the game earlier in the season in the Aviva stadium, Munster were comfortably the better team as Leinster were again beaten up at the breakdown and easily held out wide. In a team that started with twelve internationals, it was noticable that the two non-capped players in the pack, Jack Conan and Tadgh Furlong, were the only two players to emerge with any credit. If, as the players insist, it is their fault that they're underperforming and not the coaches, then at least there is hope that there are young players coming through to replace the current batch, who frankly are not cutting it these days.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-12-18

Leinster set out to make a statement at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday evening and they did. Unfortunately it wasn't the statement they wanted to make in that it showed where they really are as a team, as opposed to where they say they are. In the build-up to the game various players were put forward in the media to say what a great coach they had and how things were much better than the supporters and media are saying. Unfortunately Leinster played like a team with very little confidence in what their coach is asking them to do. You can spin things all you want in the media, you do your real talking on the pitch.
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