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RaboDirect Pro12: Leinster down Glasgow to reach final
Leinster held off a late fightback to edge out Glasgow 17-15 at the RDS to reach the RaboDirect Pro12 final for the fourth straight year.
The hosts were outscored by two tries to one but four penalties from Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Jamie Heaslip crossed for Leinster, who have finished as runners-up in each of the last three seasons, while Nikola Matawalu and Mark Bennett rain in Glasgow's tries.
The result sets up an all-Irish title decider between Leinster and Ulster at the RDS on May 25 in what will be Joe Schmidt's final match in charge before he becomes Ireland boss.
It was not all good news, however, as star centre Brian O'Driscoll was withdrawn through injury after just 13 minutes.
With the wind at their backs, the Warriors got on the front foot early on as DTH van der Merwe and skipper Al Kellock both went close to crossing the try-line.
Sexton did put the hosts ahead with a 12th minute penalty but soon afterwards Matawalu followed up a series of powerful carries by picking up and scoring from a ruck under the shadow of the posts.
Stuart Hogg added the conversion before Glasgow continued to pile on the pressure, with the Warriors full-back adding a penalty to make it 10-3 in the 25th minute.
But Leinster fired back two minutes later when Heaslip broke away from a maul and touched down despite the combined efforts of Matawalu and Sean Maitland.
Sexton could not add the conversion but slotted over a penalty just after the half-hour mark to give the home side a slim 11-10 lead at the interval, with Glasgow surviving any further damage after Matawalu was sin-binned.
Two more Sexton penalties put Leinster 17-10 ahead in the second half but Schmidt's side never looked completely comfortable despite the advantage.
And with five minutes left Ryan Wilson's fine offload put fellow replacement Bennett over to the right of the posts, but Hogg could not level matters as his conversion went wide.
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 9th May|
|TBC||Ulster vs Munster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
|Sunday 11th January|
|Ospreys 22 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 20 - 24 Ulster|
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