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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Paul Kelly, 2015-09-11

Leinster got their Guinness Pro12 season off to a disappointing losing start in Meggetland against a committed Edinburgh side. They will take consolation from the fact that their defence earned them a hard-fought bonus point, but in reality it is a bonus point that they scarcely deserved. They struggled at set-piece time, but that said, there are a number of players who can be happy with the shifts they put in.
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Match Preview: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-09-03

Well it's fair to say Leinster had an interesting summer. The last season had barely finished before head coach Matt O'Connor was sacked/suddenly decided to leave (adjust according to what you choose to believe). The Leinster illuminati appointed Leo Cullen as caretaker coach and sat back and waited for the inevitable flood of calls from the Worlds top coaches interested in the job.
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Match Preview: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-05-15

So, Leinster's worst season in ten years finally grinds to an end tomorrow. Normally there's a touch of sadness amongst Leinster fans when the rugby season ends, but this may feel like more like a blessed relief after all the abysmal rugby they've had to endure this term. Even allowing for the conditions, last week's game against Treviso was typically depressing stuff. Once again Leinster made a bright start, scoring an early try, but once again the game degenerated into a sludge-fest of witless and incompetent rugby. Despite what they themselves say in the press, it's fairly clear that this Leinster team are playing with no belief at the moment.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Benetton Treviso

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-05-07

Leinster's defeat to Ulster two weeks ago ended their chances of making the top four for the play-offs. After contesting five finals in a row, it's a pretty big drop-off for Leinster to be totally out of contention with two weeks of regular games remaining. Leinster would have been in a mood to kick back, throw in the (mostly ignored) kids from the academy for the last two games, open a bottle of whiskey and do their best to forget this wretched season.
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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-04-23

So Leinster put in a brave, yet ultimately doomed performance last week, in losing to Toulon in the semi-final of Champions Cup. They were largely written off beforehand so their performance in bringing Toulon to extra time brought much praise from the media and (slightly worryingly) from the Leinster coaches and players themselves. With the winning mentality the Leinster players so often talk about, I didn't think they did "moral victories", but apparently they do now.
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