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Leinster who host the Newport Gwent Dragons in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Saturday at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) grounds in Dublin, were beaten for just the second time in the competition this season last weekend, when they lost 29-38 at the Scarlets in Llanelli. That reverse saw them give up top position in the table to their great rivals Munster., who they now trail by a single point after nine rounds of competition. The Dubliners have played four PRO12 fixtures at home this season, and have won on each occasion. Twice by a dozen points, and twice by an 11 point margin.
The Ospreys who are the only visitors to the RDS from Wales so far this season, were despatched by 31-19 in Round 4. The Dragons have won their last two PRO12 games, both on home soil at Rodney Parade, against Connacht and Edinburgh. But such was their awful start to the season, in which they managed just one win in the first seven outings, that they are still only in ninth position in the table. The Dragons have collected just 15 points, which already sees them 12 points adrift of the play-off positions. Four away games in the PRO12 have seen the Newport Gwent Dragons beaten on each occasion, and only one by less than 16 points, suggesting that Saturday's trip to Dublin could see them in for a long tough afternoon of rugby.
Posted: 3rd October 2015
Leinsters contribution in terms of playing personal to the Irish World Cup cause, has left them having to field severely depleted sides in the early rounds of the RaboDirect PRO12 tournament, not that they are alone in being affected by international call ups. Despite the handicap, the Dublin based Irish Province have managed to start the season with a win, and a loss, and will hope that they can make that two wins when the Newport Gwent Dragons are their visitors on Saturday. The Irishmen started the season at Meggetland Sports Complex, where they picked up a consolation losing bonus point in going down to Edinburgh by 9-16. The only defeat that they have suffered in the last four games that they have played in the PRO12. They picked themselves up the following week to beat the Cardiff Blues at the RDS in Dublin.
Amazingly, Leinster have lost just one home game in all competitions in the past twelve months, and by co-incidence, that was against Saturday’s opponents, the Dragons, who were victorious at the RDS in February by just 16-14. Given the magnitude of that result, it is almost unbelievable to think that the Dragons have failed to win any other game on Irish soil since September 2008. The Dragons have already made one trip to Ireland this season, picking up a losing bonus point in Round 1 in Galway against Connacht. This extended their unwanted record of not having recorded a win on their travels since they beat Treviso in Italy back in March.
Posted: 15th February 2015
Reigning RaboDirect PRO12 Champions Leinster, struggled to find any consistency in the early stages of the defence of their title this season, but they are still ominously poised in fourth position, just three points behind the table topping Ospreys. The only time that they have tasted defeat in the PRO12 in their last eight games, came against their Irish rivals Munster, who beat them on St. Stephen's Day at Thomond Park. It is difficult to see the Newport Gwent Dragons, who are tenth in the table, with just three wins to their name in the current PRO12 season, ending Leinster's proud unbeaten record at the RDS, that stretches back to March 2013, when Ulster were the visitors. They are currently on a 21 game winning streak at the venue, since the Ospreys held them 29-29 in September 2013.
The Dragons have struggled to get results on Irish soil in the past decade, , with just a solitary victory to boast of. A 16-14 win in Belfast against Ulster over six years ago. In fact they have not won any game against an Irish Province since they beat Ulster in the opening round of last season's PRO12 campaign at Rodney Parade Come Sunday evening Leinster will expect to have extended their winning sequence against the Dragons to nine games, over a period of five years, and maintain their record of never having lost at home in the PRO12 to the Dragons.
Posted: 14th February 2014
Leinster will hope to secure a convincing victory against the Welshmen of Newport Gwent Dragons when the two sides clash at the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin on Friday evening, as they seek to consolidate their position in the top four of the RaboDirect PRO12 table, in which they currently sit second, behind their Irish rivals, Munster. Last weekend, they traveled to Italy to face Zebre, and despite being without many of their leading players due to various international requirements, they returned home having secured a comfortable 31-8 victory, and scored four tries, for a bonus point into the bargain. The Dragons should have faced Edinburgh, but that fixture fell a victim to the weather. Perhaps surprisingly, it was the only match in the PRO12 last weekend that didn’t take place.
Although Leinster are in second place on the table, their position is, as are the other top four sides, somewhat precarious, with Glasgow Warriors in fifth place, having two games in hand, and within striking distance of the sides above them. This weekend offers a break in the 6-nations action, but neither side is likely to see many of their star players turning out at the RDS, as the week off from international action, will be used as a rest period for the players, rather than an opportunity to turn out for their club sides.
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, Royal Dublin Society
, Newport Gwent Dragons
, Meggetland Sports Complex
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