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Leinster and Glasgow secure home semi-finals
ESPN Staff
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.

The semi-finals

  • Friday, May 17 - Glasgow Warriors v Munster, Scotstoun Stadium, 7.35pm
  • Saturday, May 18 - Leinster v Ulster, RDS, 7pm

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.

Pos Team P W D L F A PD TF TA TBP LBP Pts
1 Leinster 22 17 1 4 554 352 +202 57 30 8 4 82
2 Glasgow 22 18 0 4 484 309 +175 53 22 4 3 79
3 Munster 22 16 0 6 538 339 +199 56 27 7 3 74
4 Ulster 22 15 0 7 470 319 +151 45 26 6 4 70
5 Ospreys 22 13 1 8 571 388 +183 59 32 6 6 66
6 Scarlets 22 11 1 10 435 438 -3 43 45 3 6 55
7 Cardiff Blues 22 8 1 13 425 538 -113 32 55 1 6 41
8 Edinburgh 22 7 0 15 397 526 -129 38 57 2 8 38
9 Dragons 22 7 1 14 392 492 -100 34 46 0 5 35
10 Connacht 22 6 0 16 371 509 -138 42 54 4 7 35
11 Benetton Treviso 22 5 1 16 376 591 -215 31 72 1 7 30
12 Zebre 22 5 2 15 347 559 -212 35 59 0 5 29

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