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Match Preview: Dragons vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-11-30

Last week's game turned out to be much easier than expected for Leinster.

After naming such an inexperienced team, Leinster looked up against it but they absolutely crushed an Ospreys team who uncharacteristically threw up the white flag after about twenty minutes. But Leinster will just be happy with how youngsters like Scott Penny, Hugo Keenan and Conor O'Brien went. Ciaran Frawley also performed commendably and he and O'Brien could come in very useful over the new seven weeks considering the amount of injuries Leinster have to midfield and back three players.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Ospreys

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-11-22

Leinster are back after a three week break.

With the autumn international series concluding on Saturday, Leinster take on the Ospreys severely stretched for playing resources. Between the players needed for the USA game and the players who are deservedly rested after beating New Zealand plus the number of injuries that have sprung up, Leinster are missing close to 25 players. However on the bright side it will mean that several of the young players who have excelled recently in the Celtic Cup win will get their chance.
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Match Preview: Southern Kings vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-11-02

Leinster play their only game this season in South Africa on Sunday afternoon.

Obviously this game is taking place in the shadow of the beginning of Ireland's Autumn International campaign but Leinster will want to keep their winning Pro14 run going while also giving valuable gametime to members of the wider squad. Last week Leinster were in Italy where they comfortably beat Treviso in an incredibly tedious match. But Leinster put in a professional performance and with a three week break before their next match at home to the Ospreys, they will want to sign off with another win.
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Match Preview: Benetton Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-10-26

After the high of the Wasps match and the exaltation that followed, Leinster were brought back to earth with a bump last week in Toulouse.

Toulouse were just more up for the fight for the first twenty minutes and Leinster looked a little shell-shocked. They did recover well though to the point where they looked like a bonus point win for Leinster was the most likely outcome. But then Luke McGrath's pass was intercepted for a super team try and Leinster lacked composure when they looked to generate a final winning drive at the end.
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Match Preview: Stade Toulousain v Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-10-20

Leinster were on fire last weekend as they demolished Wasps in style running in eight tries in front of a giddy RDS crowd.

The first half was a touch scrappy but Leinster did their now classic trick of scoring just before and after half time and from then on they were cruising as Wasps capitulated. Admittedly Wasps were missing some key men but there was still enough quality on the pitch to put up a better fight than that. However despite all the garlands thrown their way, Leo Cullen was quick to downplay expectations and focus on what his team needed to improve on ahead of Sunday's visit to Toulouse, a place Leinster have only won once in five attempts.
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