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  • Penalty goals: Pienaar (6),
18 - 24

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  • Heaslip, Jennings,
    Penalty goals: Sexton (4),
    Conversions: Sexton,
  • Guinness PRO12
  • Final
  • 25th May 2013
  • KO 16:45
  • Ground: The Greenyards
  • Att: 18,500

Coach Joe Schmidt so proud as he departs Leinster with double secured

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Coach Joe Schmidt so proud as he departs Leinster with double secured

Leinster celebrate after their 24-18 win over Ulster

It was a pretty nerve-wracking way to go out. I don't think we managed the last quarter of the game. We gave them the ball back too many times. Ulster are too good a team to give the ball back to. Our defence was first rate today

Joe Schmidt
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Coach Joe Schmidt was a proud man after seeing Leinster clinch the RaboDirect PRO12 title with a 24-18 victory over Ulster at the RDS.

In Schmidt's final game before taking over the Ireland job, Shane Jennings and Jamie Heaslip scored the tries and Jonny Sexton - also playing his last match for Leinster - kicked 14 points.

The tense victory came just a week after they lifted the Amlin Challenge Cup at the same venue, so Schmidt departs with a double as well as two Heineken Cup titles.

"It was a pretty nerve-wracking way to go out," said Schmidt. "I don't think we managed the last quarter of the game. We gave them the ball back too many times. Ulster are too good a team to give the ball back to. Our defence was first rate today.

"We managed to hang in when they had a lot of pressure in the first half and in the last quarter we did pretty well. It's a massive credit to the team."

"The PRO12 is very, very tough. It is a super competition. Anyone of the top six teams could have won it.

"When you do get through to the play-off games it is very tough all the way. It is phenomenal to have three trophies in the changing rooms at the moment (including the 'A' team's British and Irish Cup).

"It is a massive credit to our players. We focused on our attack for the Amlin and focused a little bit on defence for this game.

Pressure

"It would be great to look back over the summer and enjoy a moment of reflection but already looking ahead, I have a new job and there is going to be a lot of pressure with that.

"I'm looking forward to seeing different players and going forward, it is a nice easy job! You start with Samoa, Australia and New Zealand (in November). It is a good way to ease into it."

Ulster, the table-toppers for much of the season, were always in the game thanks to Ruan Pienaar's deadly boot, the South African kicking all of his team's points. But they were let down by their own indiscipline, which was punished by Sexton.

"Discipline. Little things," Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe said. "You start a game and it is important. You want to get the start and things go your way. A couple of lazy penalties from us, they are metres form our line and they took their try really well (and went 10-0 up).

"Penalties really hurt us in the first half and when you get close to the goal-line it is about getting to the goal-line."

"(The season) has been long, endurable, cold, wet, but they're a good bunch of guys. We finished last year when I wasn't here. In the Heineken Cup final we got cleaned out," he said.

"I think we showed today we are their equal now. I got a lot of heart of what I have seen and look forward to next year as a province."

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Friday 13th February
Guinness PRO12
19:35Ulster vs Benetton Treviso
20:05Edinburgh vs Ospreys
Saturday 14th February
19:35Munster vs Cardiff Blues
Sunday 15th February
12:45Scarlets vs Connacht
13:00Zebre vs Glasgow
15:00Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons
Friday 20th February
19:05Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues
19:35Edinburgh vs Ulster
19:35Leinster vs Zebre
Saturday 21st February
14:40Scarlets vs Munster
17:15Glasgow vs Ospreys
Sunday 22nd February
16:00Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht
Friday 27th February
19:35Ospreys vs Leinster
19:35Ulster vs Scarlets
Saturday 28th February
19:15Munster vs Glasgow
Sunday 1st March
12:45Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh
17:00Zebre vs Newport Gwent D'gons
17:15Connacht vs Benetton Treviso
Friday 6th March
19:35Cardiff Blues vs Connacht
19:35Glasgow vs Zebre
Saturday 7th March
14:40Ospreys vs Munster
17:15Scarlets vs Leinster
18:00Benetton Treviso vs Edinburgh
Sunday 8th March
16:00Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ulster
Friday 27th March
19:35Leinster vs Glasgow

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