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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Zebre

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-02-11

Leinster's run of seven straight league wins came to an end a fortnight ago against the Dragons. It was well publicised that Leinster were up against it given the amount of players that were missing due to injury and international commitments. The Dragons deserved their win and could have been out of sight at half time but Leinster will regret that when they had a lengthy spell of pressure in the second half, they couldn't turn it into scores. A combination of awful discipline and naivety meant they left without even a losing bonus point and that will grate with Leo Cullen. It's meant Leinster have slipped down to fourth place in the table, although they still have a game in hand.
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Match Preview: Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-01-28

Leinster finished their European campaign the way the started it, by breaking records against Wasps. Unfortunately they were the wrong sort of records. After suffering their biggest European home defeat in their opening match against Wasps in the RDS, they registered their biggest ever defeat last weekend in Coventry. Now obviously rugby is a game where motivation is key and when it comes to the final round of games, you expect to see the teams with something to play for beat the teams only playing for pride. For many years, Leinster were the ones dealing out these sort of beatings. However it was shocking to see an all international team completely collapse the way they did in a second half which they lost 36-0. It was a reality check to the whole organisation that unless there's drastic improvement between now and next season, Leinster risk becoming perennial also-rans in Europe.
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Match Preview: Ospreys vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-01-28

Normally for Leinster the game at this time of year is a bit of a warm-up for key matches in the final two rounds of their European pool. However this season, the final two Champions Cup matches will be played only for Leinster's pride while tomorrow's game against the Ospreys is the key one. Last week's win at a drenched RDS put Leinster ahead of Connacht into second place in the table, just a point behind the Scarlets. With the Scarlets hosting Connacht this weekend, Leinster have a real chance to end the weekend as leaders, with a game in hand. As this is the last Pro12 game in which they'll have access to several of their top Irish internationals until after the Six Nations Championship, they need to make the most of their chance to beat the Ospreys.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-12-31

Well that was a nice surprise!

It's fair to say there wasn't a huge amount of confidence amongst the Leinster travelling support on the way down to Limerick last Sunday. Though Munster were also struggling for form, the general consensus was that home advantage might edge a tight contest for them. However Leinster produced their best performance of the season to win by seventeen points and suddenly things are looking a little brighter for the new year.
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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2015-12-04

Leinster got back to winning ways last week, even if once again the performance left a lot to be desired. The pack actually went pretty well and largely dominated but the chances they created were mostly squandered by some appalling handling from the backs. The handling skills in the squad have been poor for some time now and when you see how Connacht players, forwards and backs, handled the ball so well in their defeat of Munster, you really have to question Leinster's players and their coach's training methods. It's almost become the standard line after games these days for Leinster to talk of "poor execution" and they have only scored three tries in their last four games, not one of them from a back. It looks like they need a root and branch review of why their skills repeatedly let them down in the opposition twenty two.
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