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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-11-03

Last week's game against Ulster was a nice surprise. It was fairly even in the first half but Leinster took command and played the conditions well in the second half to pull away for their first win in Belfast for three years.
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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-10-27

So 10 out of 10 ain't bad!

Going to Glasgow and returning with five points to go with the five points from the first week has certainly exceeded expectations in Europe. It wasn't perfect and there was still far too many tackles missed but Leinster bullied Glasgow up front and were pretty ruthless with the chances they created. There's still a long way to go in the pool however as Exeter's superb win in Montpellier has set up the double-header in December perfectly.
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Match Preview: Glasgow Warriors v Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-11-02

So it's another early Saturday kick-off for the third week running as Leinster travel to Glasgow to take on the Warriors.

In terms of results last week, it was almost perfect for Leinster. They gained a maximum five point haul from their match while in the other pool match there was no bonus points for either side as Exeter beat Glasgow at home. Only the losing bonus point Montpellier earned will rankle with them especially as they really should have closed the game out after they scored the fourth try which gave them their own bonus point.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Montpellier Herault Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-10-13

So it's another early kick-off for the second week running.

The Ballsbridge publicans will be crying into their dishrags as they remember the pre-BT Sports days when Irish teams weren't routinely given the poxiest kick-off spots going. Now the English clubs get all the prime spots and with BT Sports taking over exclusive coverage of the tournament from next season, non-English clubs better get used to the shit end of the stick. Still though the atmosphere will crackle at the RDS like it never does at the Aviva so get there good and early, especially if you're on the terrace.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-10-13

Didn't I say it was going to be a shit-show!

As predicted, last week's game against Edinburgh was a manky, error-strewn display of rugby dross. The rustiness could be forgiven with the "top, top" international players (the ones that wore the red jerseys on that imperialist relic of a tour last summer) returning but once again it was an awful team display with the missed tackle count in the twenties for the third game running. What was less forgivable was the daft decision-making which saw Leinster refuse to take easy points from kicking a penalty even once in a tight game.
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