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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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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-11-28

After three weeks of positivity watching a Joe Schmidt coached Ireland team, it was back down to brutal reality on Sunday watching the Matt O'Connor coached Leinster team put in a truly inept performance in Treviso. They took on a largely thrown together team which had one miserable point to their names from seven games this season. Frankly they were lucky to escape with a draw which they only got because of some remarkable misses from the Treviso place-kicker.
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Match Preview: Benetton Rugby Treviso vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-11-21

So after three weeks off Leinster are back in action this Sunday. Last year they travelled to Treviso in the corresponding weekend of the season. While Ireland were going agonisingly close against the All Blacks in the Aviva stadium, Leinster were grinding out a tough win in Treviso. It was seen by the squad as one of the best wins of the season as Treviso had built up a reputation for being very hard to beat at home. Sadly for them, they are no longer seen that way.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-30

With two wins from two in Europe, Leinster are off to a solid if unspectacular start in that tournament. As predicted, the match itself was fairly dire in terms of attacking rugby and it was remarkable to see a Leinster team with so much possession and territory fail to create a single decent try-scoring chance. But they did what they had to do purely in terms of getting a result.
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Match Preview: Zebre vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-10-10

Leinster's growth into one of the powerhouses of European rugby was built on many things, but one of the key factors was performance standards. There was a certain standard of performance expected under Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt and demanded by leading players like Leo Cullen, Brian O'Driscoll and Jonny Sexton. If the performance wasn't up to scratch, there was hell to pay regardless of whether the team had won or not.
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