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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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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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