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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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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-10-25

There's no doubt about it, two wins from two is an excellent start to a tough pool in the final Heineken Cup. Last week Castres turned up ready to compete and in truth were a little unfortunate not to take away at least a losing bonus point for their efforts. Leinster started off with the same purpose and intent that they showed the previous week against Ospreys to rack up a 9-0 lead.
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Match Preview: Munster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-10-04

At the moment there are dark clouds hanging above the Heineken Cup and as a consequence, the very future of professional rugby in Ireland. Both Munster and Leinster were huge contributors to the growth and success of the Heineken Cup and though they only played each other twice in the actual tournament both those games were seismic moments in the history of the cup. Those two semi-finals in the old Lansdowne Road in 2006 and Croke Park in 2009 brought club rugby to places no one could have ever believed when the tournament was first launched in the early days of professionalism.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-09-26

After the try-scoring exploits of the first two weeks, last week's game against Glasgow brought Leinster's mood back down to earth. The result in itself wasn't a disgrace, nabbing a losing bonus point away to Glasgow isn't so bad given how much the Scots have improved in recent years. However Leinster's self-assessment process is far too honest for them to take much comfort from that as even the losing bonus point was largely down to Glasgow's almost comically bad place-kicking. It resembled the early episodes of the X-Factor as a succession of kickers came up to take their turn to miss, each player doing worse than the last. It denied Glasgow the comfortable victory they deserved, even though they themselves were far from their best.
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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2013-09-19

It was going to plan and we would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those pesky Ospreys!! - Matt O'Connor

Okay, Matt O'Connor may not have said that exactly, as he isn't a Scooby Doo villain, but it does pretty much capture the gist of his frustration last week. After an opening day bonus point win away to Scarlets, Leinster looked to be on their way to another comfortable win when Jimmy Gopperth sailed through the Ospreys defence to set Dave Kearney up for a try that can only be described as sumptuous. Though it only put Leinster 10-3 up, the very manner in which it was scored would have caused most Pro12 teams to drop their heads and bow to Leinster's superior skill set. If it was the Scarlets, Blues or Dragons they would have collapsed, but the Ospreys, damn them, are made of different stuff.
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