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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It was not all good news, however, as star centre Brian O'Driscoll was withdrawn through injury after just 13 minutes.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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|Sunday 28th September|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Munster 14 - 19 Ospreys|
|Zebre 13 - 6 Ulster|
|Friday 26th September|
|Leinster 37 - 23 Cardiff Blues|
|Glasgow 39 - 21 Connacht|
|Edinburgh 20 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Ospreys 62 - 13 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton Treviso|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 Glasgow|
|Friday 19th September|
|Connacht 10 - 9 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 Ulster|
|Munster 31 - 5 Zebre|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Glasgow|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Leinster 42 - 12 Scarlets|
|Friday 12th September|
|Ulster 33 - 13 Zebre|
|Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys|
|Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster|
|Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 32 - 32 Ulster|
|Friday 5th September|
|Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh|
|Ospreys 44 - 13 Benetton Treviso|
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