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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Glasgow Warriors

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-04-28

So close, but ultimately too far.

Leinster went out of Europe on their shields last week in Lyon. After an awful start when they trailed by fifteen points, they nearly completed another historic comeback with a fantastic second half display. It would have been interesting to see how Clermont would have reacted if Dan Leavy's try had stood but ultimately it wasn't to be. But you can't gift your opponents a fifteen point start at this level. A couple of things that Leinster got away with against Wasps came back to haunt them. The lineout, which has been dodgy all season at key moments if we're honest, conceded momentum to Clermont early and the lack of genuine pace on the wings was also ruthlessly exposed.
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Match Preview: ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-04-21

So it's off to Lyon for Leinster's fourth semi-final in France in the last eight seasons.

They lost to Toulouse in Toulouse in 2010, beat Clermont in Bordeaux in 2012 and lost to Toulon in Marseilles in 2015. Now it's Clermont again, this time in Lyon. So Leinster have to do it the hard way if they're going to make their first final for five years. They face a massive task in beating Clermont, but not an insurmountable one.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-04-14

As predicted, there was a notable drop-off in intensity last week after the heroics against Wasps the week before. Leinster were patchy at best and were fortunate to escape with a win against the Ospreys, but it was a very valuable four points. It puts them nine points clear of the Ospreys in third and now they need just six points from the final three games to guarantee a home semi-final. A win against Connacht on Saturday will virtually clinch that home semi-final but Connacht will be determined to make things as hard as possible for Leinster.
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Match Preview: Ospreys vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-04-07

That was pretty sweet!

Leinster announced their return to Europe's top table in style with a comprehensive defeat of the English league leaders last week.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Wasps

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-03-31

So Leinster's biggest game in ages has arrived and it's time to see if Leinster can return to the higher echelons of European rugby after years in the wilderness!
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