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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Semi Final
- 27th Apr 2013
- KO 14:30
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 18,500
Amlin Challenge Cup: Leinster beat Biarritz 44-16 to reach final
Jamie Heaslip ran in two tries as Leinster thrashed holders Biarritz Olympique 44-16 to set up an Amlin Challenge Cup final with Stade Francais.
Isa Nacewa, Brian O'Driscoll and Jonny Sexton also scored tries in the RDS Arena, while Sexton kicked two penalties and three conversions and Ian Madigan booted a penalty and two conversions.
Arnaud Heguy scored a consolation try for the French side, converted by Dimitri Yachvili, who had earlier kicked three penalties.
Leinster will now have home advantage when they face Stade Francais, who narrowly beat Perpignan 25-22 on Friday, in the final back at the RDS Arena on 17th May.
The Irish side are chasing their fourth European trophy in five seasons, having won three of the past four Heineken Cups.
Two tries from man-of-the-match Heaslip book-ended an evenly balanced first half, with Leinster's precise passing and finishing being the difference at the break.
Yachvili's third penalty in the 37th minute left Biarritz just 10-9 behind, only for Leinster to dazzle in the Dublin sunshine with two late tries.
Sexton and Heaslip went over in a blockbusting three-minute burst, the former adding the conversions for a sudden 24-9 interval advantage.
The sin-binning of Takudzwa Ngwenya, early in the second period, signalled the death knell for Biarritz who will miss out on Heineken Cup rugby next year.
Leinster took immediate advantage of the extra man, showing their potency again and again from turnover ball. Sexton popped over a penalty and then a delightful interchange between Sexton and Nacewa outfoxed three covering defenders and produced a deserved try for the latter.
Sexton's withdrawal allowed Madigan to slot back in at out-half, and the recent Ireland debutant kept the scoreboard running in Leinster's favour with a well-hit conversion and penalty.
Rob Howley headed up the watching Lions party and he would have been pleased to see O'Driscoll nab a try, finishing off some good work from Nacewa and deceptively quick replacement Sean Cronin.
Heguy's converted consolation score cut the margin to 28 points but it was too little too late for the visitors.Heineken Cup. Click here to bet.
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|Sunday 25th January|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|London Welsh 12 - 17 Lyon Olympique|
|Saturday 24th January|
|Exeter 45 - 3 Bayonne|
|La Rochelle 20 - 30 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 30 - 19 Stade Francais|
|Bucuresti 10 - 52 Newcastle|
|Grenoble 3 - 28 Cardiff Blues|
|Rovigo 6 - 34 London Irish|
|Friday 23rd January|
|Edinburgh 38 - 20 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Thursday 22nd January|
|Brive 20 - 31 Gloucester|
|Oyonnax 20 - 3 Zebre|
|Sunday 18th January|
|Connacht 24 - 33 Exeter|
|Saturday 17th January|
|Lyon Olympique 21 - 19 Edinburgh|
|Bayonne 14 - 0 La Rochelle|
|Newcastle 29 - 40 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|London Irish 43 - 41 Grenoble|
|Zebre 23 - 13 Brive|
|Gloucester 33 - 3 Oyonnax|
|Stade Francais 47 - 12 Bucuresti|
|Friday 16th January|
|Bordeaux-Begles 26 - 3 London Welsh|
|Cardiff Blues 104 - 12 Rovigo|
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