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Second half Leinster blitz ends Glasgow’s challenge

Leinster Celebrate winning the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS, Dublin

Leinster Celebrate winning the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS, Dublin

  • by Richard Mulligan in Dublin
 

LEINSTER 34 GLASGOW 12

Four-try Leinster overcame the early departure of Brian O’Driscoll to beat Glasgow Warriors and become the first team to retain the RaboDirect PRO12 title.

A suspected knee injury forced O’Driscoll off barely eight minutes into his 186th and final appearance for Leinster, but the retiring centre still managed to end his provincial career with silverware - just as he did with Ireland in March.

First-time finalists Glasgow were far from overawed at the RDS, four finely-struck penalties from Finn Russell meaning they were only 14-12 behind at half-time.

Springbok Zane Kirchner crossed for Leinster’s opening try in the 16th minute and his pass sent Shane Jennings through for the second late in the first half.

The defending champions strangled the life out of Glasgow as Jimmy Gopperth made it 20-12 by the 66th minute and the final gloss was added by late tries from Kirchner and Gordon D’Arcy.

Leinster’s long-serving captain Leo Cullen, who is moving upstairs as their new forwards coach, also came off the bench to help the Blues make it seven major trophy wins in as many years.

 

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