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Match Preview: Ulster Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-05-05

Well wasn't that an odd game?

Leinster got off to a flyer against Glasgow last week and looked to have the win in the bag. However the strong Glasgow bench inspired a fightback and Glasgow took the lead with ten minutes to go. Leinster steadied the ship and Joey Carbery came on to kick a penalty to put Leinster ahead and then as they defended frantically in the last two minutes...the lights went out! For the first time ever in a Leinster home game in the professional era (it happened away to Dragons years ago) the power failed and we had to wait a nervy twenty minutes before they got the lights back working.
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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: 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 Cardiff Blues

by Jim O'Connor, 2017-03-24

While it was an up and down Six Nations championship for Ireland, it was pretty much perfect for Leinster.

From their four games they earned the maximum 20 points of the 20 available to take first place in the table. What's more, they scored another 27 tries in the four games to smash the overall try-scoring record for the regular season with five games left to play. Last time out against the Scarlets, they produced an outstanding second half to turn a tight match at half-time into another rout.
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