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More Euro joy for Leinster and Magners League

Guinness PRO12 Editor

2 May 2011

Congratulations to Leinster on keeping the Magners League flag flying high in Europe by reaching their second Heineken Cup final in three years with a 32-23 win over reigning champions Toulouse in the semi-finals at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Leinster, the 2009 champions, will meet England’s Northampton saints in the final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday, 21 May. It will be the fourth time in six seasons that an Irish province, and Magners League team, has reached the final.

Jonny Sexton led the way with a match haul of 22 points as he kicked eight out of eight, while Man of the Match Jamie Heaslip and Brian O’Driscoll scored tries.

But while there was great joy for Leinster and their fans, there was bitter disappointment for Magners League leaders Munster as they lost for only the third time at home in Europe in the semi-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

They were beaten 20-12 at Thomond Park, Limerick, by Harlequins to miss out on a fifth major European final. It was their first home defeat of an otherwise outstanding season.

Munster have already confirmed home advantage in the Magners League Play-Off semi-finals and Leinster will also have a home tie if they can beat Glasgow Warriors at the RDS on Friday night.