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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Edinburgh Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-04-14

Leinster left the Aviva Stadium two weeks ago having gone top of the league but it didn't really feel like that amongst the departing fans. They had beaten their oldest rivals Munster but were hanging on for dear life at the end and frankly it was a poor match. Leinster have got a case of the rugby drabs, one try in three games and worryingly, they don't often look like scoring either. With two of their final three games at home to Edinburgh and Treviso they should be able to secure a top two finish to get the home semi-final. But they are going to have to find some form from somewhere if they are to wrestle the Pro12 trophy back from Glasgow, who have won their last seven games straight and who are now playing a lot more like the team from last season.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-04-01

It's Leinster v Munster at the Aviva!

In the past this fixture was seen more as an appetiser for both teams' return to action in the European Cup quarter-finals. Alas this season, neither team made the quarter-finals in Europe so the Pro12 is the only show in town. It's hard to think of a previous time that both teams arrived at this fixture so desperate for a win.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-03-25

Games in hands are annoying things that aren't often seen in rugby. They annoy sports fans because you constantly need to reference them - "They're three points behind but have a game in hand". This season has seen a plague of them in the Pro12 caused by both the weather and other events. However they're even more annoying when you don't win the game in hand as Leinster failed to do last week. Leinster started brightly and an injury disrupted Glasgow looked there for the taking but an error-strewn second half from Leinster saw them leave with only a losing bonus point. It means Leinster remain a point behind leaders Connacht going into this weekend's top of the table clash in Galway.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-03-04

Leinster kept things ticking along nicely last week with a bonus-point win away to Zebre. They remain a point behind leaders Connacht and with both the Scarlets and Ulster losing last weekend there's now a four-point gap between the top two and the rest. Leinster need to keep the pressure on Connacht though with a win against the Ospreys tomorrow.
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Match Preview: Zebre vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-02-26

Last week's match against Cardiff was not a thing of beauty, the horrendous weather made sure of that. However Leinster did enough to snag a win that moved them up to second in the table behind Connacht with a game in hand. They need to keep up the pressure with a win on Sunday against Zebre, who they hammered 52-0 only two weeks ago. Zebre were fairly poor that night but sometimes playing a team so soon after you've given them a hiding can be tricky. For example Leinster hockeyed Northampton 40-7 in Franklins Gardens three year ago. They expected a handy number the following week in the Aviva only to be beaten 18-9. Now admittedly Zebre aren't Northampton but still Leinster need to avoid complacency.
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