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Leinster Rugby vs Ulster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-12-28

After eight wins on the trot, it's now two defeats in a row for Leinster after they were beaten in a rain soaked game in Edinburgh last time out. The conditions were appalling but sadly so was Leinster's performance in a game that will want to be forgotten as quickly as possible by anyone unfortunate enough to witness it. Edinburgh deserved their win but coach Matt O'Connor would have given his players a fierce ear-bashing after the game.
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Match Preview: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-12-20

Nearly a week later but last Saturday's game still smarts.

Leinster would have had qualification practically sewn up had they won win but instead they're back in the mix now with some nervous times ahead. Everyone knew there would be a reaction from a club as proud as Northampton. Beating them at home was one thing but absolutely hammering them was another and with the history of these double-headers, Leinster had to know they'd come out firing. Even the Leinster team themselves spoke all week about expecting a backlash.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-11-29

What a bloody sickener!!

Some defeats you can brush off, but Ireland's last-second loss to New Zealand last Sunday will stay with all true rugby fans on this island forever.

So close and yet so far, you can only hope that the quality of their performance in pushing the best team in the world to their very limit, will finally convince this Ireland team they can compete with the very best. We've been here before though, great one-off performances followed by a slump back into mediocrity. Coach Joe Schmidt's challenge is to reproduce that kind of intensity combined with accuracy that made the first 40 minutes perhaps the finest half of rugby Ireland have ever played. If he can find a way to do that on a regular basis, then Ireland will be a force to be reckoned with again in the Six Nations.
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Match Preview: Benetton Treviso vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-11-22

After a three-week break, Leinster return to action this week with a tough trip to Treviso. Of course the two o'clock Sunday kick-off means it will clash fully with Ireland's match against New Zealand in Dublin. Great planning from the organisers there! At least TG4 are showing the full match in delayed coverage afterwards so there will be something to distract Irish fans from the post-mortem on the latest shambolic performance from the national team.
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Match Preview: Newport Gwent Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-11-01

Leinster kept their winning run going against Connacht last week but it certainly wasn't pretty. Connacht were typically gutsy and obdurate, as they always are against Leinster, but there was no getting away from how poorly Leinster played for most of the game. After a bright start to the season, Leinster have increasingly found tries hard to come by with only three in their last four games. None of those three tries were scored by the backs either, who have been making line breaks, but have failed to take advantage of them. It's easy to say that it doesn't matter as long as they're winning, but you can only grind out so many results before a lack of scoring power comes back to haunt you.
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