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Match Preview: Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-01-28

Leinster finished their European campaign the way the started it, by breaking records against Wasps. Unfortunately they were the wrong sort of records. After suffering their biggest European home defeat in their opening match against Wasps in the RDS, they registered their biggest ever defeat last weekend in Coventry. Now obviously rugby is a game where motivation is key and when it comes to the final round of games, you expect to see the teams with something to play for beat the teams only playing for pride. For many years, Leinster were the ones dealing out these sort of beatings. However it was shocking to see an all international team completely collapse the way they did in a second half which they lost 36-0. It was a reality check to the whole organisation that unless there's drastic improvement between now and next season, Leinster risk becoming perennial also-rans in Europe.
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Match Preview: Wasps vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-01-28

There was an element of nervousness in both the crowd and the coaching staff before last week's game against Bath as "Cullen's Cubs" were sent out to do battle with the English Premiership finalists of last season. The nervousness proved to be completely unfounded as each one of the six players starting their first European game played with no fear.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Bath Rugby

by Yvonne Kelly, 2016-01-17

Leinster faced Bath at the RDS already out of the European competition and with the English side needing a win to keep their hopes alive. Since the European defeats of earlier in the season Leinster's form has improved in the league and most Leinsterfans will have been excited to see the young team given their chance today. With the result immaterial to Leinster it was a chance for the younger players to gain valuable experience at this level and to show Leinsterfans that the future is bright.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Bath Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-01-15

After three league wins over the Christmas/New Year period, Leinster now have to complete their European fixtures. In competitive terms their two remaining games are meaningless as Leinster can't progress to the quarter-finals and they won't affect how Leinster are ranked in next year's tournament. However in more intangible terms, the games will still have meaning for Leinster and their players.
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Match Preview: Ospreys vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-01-28

Normally for Leinster the game at this time of year is a bit of a warm-up for key matches in the final two rounds of their European pool. However this season, the final two Champions Cup matches will be played only for Leinster's pride while tomorrow's game against the Ospreys is the key one. Last week's win at a drenched RDS put Leinster ahead of Connacht into second place in the table, just a point behind the Scarlets. With the Scarlets hosting Connacht this weekend, Leinster have a real chance to end the weekend as leaders, with a game in hand. As this is the last Pro12 game in which they'll have access to several of their top Irish internationals until after the Six Nations Championship, they need to make the most of their chance to beat the Ospreys.
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