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Match Preview: Zebre vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-02-19

And we're back!

Leinster return to action in Italy this Sunday, after three weeks off. As with their last visit to Italy in November, this game will be massively overshadowed by international action. That time Leinster were in Treviso quietly winning while Ireland lost heart-breakingly to New Zealand. At least this time the games aren't directly clashing with Ireland playing Wales on Saturday afternoon.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2014-01-03

After two fairly dismal performances in a row they turned up in an angry humour versus Ulster and took them apart. They brought a real physical edge to everything they did and really should have won by a larger margin. When the teams were named Ulster seemed to have the stronger hand, but the men from the North never looked as if they believed they could win. True, Leinster should have put more scores on the board, especially in the first half when they dominated possession and territory but it was still a massive improvement on what had gone before and the win put Leinster back into second place in the table.
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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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