Leinster and Glasgow secure home semi-finals
May 10, 2014
Leinster have ended the season in first in the PRO12 thanks to a 15-13 win over Edinburgh at the RDS.
Edinburgh put in a valiant performance and led 6-5 at the break thanks to two penalties from Greig Laidlaw, while Jordi Murphy scored for Leinster. Come the second 40, the Dubliners found some momentum in the early stages to put three points on the board through Jimmy Gopperth and a try in the 57th minute from Dave Kearney. Edinburgh rallied late on with Laidlaw converting Tim Visser's score but Leinster held on to claim the top spot in the PRO12.
The result means Leo Cullen and Brian O'Driscoll will get one more chance to play at their Leinster home before calling time on their respective careers.
Glasgow's 54-0 thrashing of Zebre ensured they would play at home in the semi-finals of the competition. In a one sided first-half, the Warriors went into the break 40-0 to the good thanks to tries from Stuart Hogg (two), Ryan Grant, Al Kellock, Alex Dunbar and Nikola Matawalu. Geoff Cross then got in on the scoring in the 66th minute of the second-half with Matawalua adding a second in the 76th to bring up the half-century.
Ulster's 19-17 win over Munster had little bearing on the final table with the defeated side finishing in third and Mark Anscombe's men in fourth, places they held at the start of the day. JJ Hanrahan had a chance to snatch the match for Munster at the death but his kick sailed wide. Munster's points came through tries from Duncan Williams and Sean Dougall with Ian Keatley slotting the rest from the tee. Ulster named a much-changed side but it did enough to get the win with Michael Heaney's try sitting alongside 14 points from James McKinney.
The Scarlets took the bragging rights over the Cardiff Blues as they won 27-15 at Parc Y Scarlets in what was Jonathan Davies and Josh Turnball's last games for the region. Rhodri Williams, Liam Williams and Steve Shingler all scored for the Scarlets with Rhys Priestland, who limped off in the second-half, scoring five points and Shingler adding a further seven with the boot.
Elsewhere the Dragons dispatched Treviso 20-19, with the bonus point securing the Italian's place in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup, while the Ospreys scored six tries en route to a 45-20 thrashing of Connacht in Swansea.
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