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Match Preview: Castres Olympique vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-01-19

We're back, baby!!!

The question was posed here last week about how much we could trust Leinster's apparent progress this season, but we got a resounding answer. Leinster were awesome and showed they're ready to compete at the top table again after a season as also rans. Even though Francois Steyn deserved it for his malicious attempt to take Johnny Sexton out of the game, it was a shame the red card happened.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Montpellier Herault Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-01-12

This is the big one!!!

This is the game which will tell Leinster if their apparent progress this season is real or just an attractive facade. Leinster have a beautifully clear target, win and they're in the quarter-finals, no matter what else happens. However, anyone expecting a comfortable win will be in for a surprise on Friday evening. Montpellier are a serious outfit with huge men in their backs and forwards. They're third in the Top 14 and are coached by a World Cup winner in Jake White. Their massive budget has seen them assemble a squad of top quality internationals from around the globe.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Northampton Saints

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-12-16

Well, wasn't that nice?

Leinster broke their duck for European away wins in style with a comprehensive defeat of Northampton. They didn't quite match the 33 point margin from three years ago, but they were only six points off. That it was done after losing Joey Carbery and the rampant Rob Kearney to injury makes the margin all the more remarkable.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Castres Olympique

by Jim O'Connor, 2016-10-14

So European rugby is back again and this year Leinster are a little more optimistic about their chances of progressing. Last season, they had a brute of a draw against Wasps, Toulon and Bath especially coming straight after a World Cup in which most of the squad had been involved. When they were unexpectedly stuffed in their first home match by Wasps, their campaign was effectively dead in the water. There was brief respite when a young side beat Bath at home, but that was as good as it got. It was Leinster's worst European performance ever and the squad will be determined to restore the dignity of the province this season.
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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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