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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Scarlets

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-05-25

Leinster can make history in their final match of the season.

They can become the first team outside of France and England to win a European Cup/League double. It was a nervy finish last week against Munster and in truth they rode their luck at times. Both teams got good and bad decisions off a referee who was utterly out of his depth and who mystifyingly has been awarded this week's final too. But the real luck was that their dodgy defending out wide wasn't exposed more mainly due to Munster's dreadful passing. Passes were flung high, forward and wide and poor defensive reads were glossed over but the Scarlets backline would have been licking their lips.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-05-18

Well that was way more tense that we expected but Leinster have their fourth star!

At the final whistle the main feeling was one of relief amongst the fans and that Leinster had gotten away with it as Remi Tales's attempted drop goal drifted well wide. Racing undoubtedly fought bravely and defended superbly, but they were also cynical as hell at the breakdown and they were allowed to be so by the incompetent team of officials led by Wayne Barnes. It's noteworthy that this was only Barnes's second final and when you remember his only previous one was another pig of a match in the final of 2010 between Toulouse and Biarritz, it makes sense. He is simply an inconsistent and arrogant referee who ruins games with his very presence and his retirement will be a cause for celebration on the beautiful day it arrives.
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Match Preview: Connacht Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-04-27

Last week pretty much went perfectly to plan.

The Leinster pack just bullied their Scarlets into submission and Tadhg Beirne was finally nullified at the breakdown. Now it's Bilbao and Racing 92 but Leinster will be quietly confident. Before that though it's one more inter-pro and Leinster will be looking to pull off a clean sweep of local battles by winning their sixth derby of the season. They take on a Connacht side who are coming off a terrible first season under Kieran Keane. They've only won six league games and if Zebre win and Connacht lose this Saturday, they face the prospect of finishing last in their pool, two years after they won the title.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Benetton Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-04-13

After comfortably taking care of Zebre last week in a scrappy game, Leinster take on the other Italian team Benetton this Saturday in their final regular season game at the RDS.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Zebre

by Jim O'Connor, 2018-04-06

Leinster did the business against Saracens and are in the Champions Cup semi-final in two weeks time.

The minute you saw them open Saracens up so easily for the first try, you had the feeling this was going to be a good day. Saracens are still a good team but they're not what they were, especially in defence, but Leinster took advantage ruthlessly in a knock-out fifteen minutes after half-time.
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