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Rugby | Leinster defeat Munster to reach Guinness Pro14 final

Leinster have beaten Munster 13-3 to reach the Guinness Pro14 final.

The gritty win at the Aviva Stadium sets up the opportunity for Leinster to win the competition for the third consecutive year, with Leo Cullen's men set to face the winners of the other semi-final between Edinburgh and Ulster.

JJ Hanrahan kicked Munster into an early lead, before a try from Ronan Kelleher and eight points from the boot of Johnny Sexton secured a hard-fought win for Leinster.

Munster, who have now lost their last five semi-finals in all competitions, will be left ruing their missed chances in the Dublin rain.

“It was pretty ugly stuff, an ugly contest,” Cullen said afterwards.

“It was always going to be a bit of a dogfight after the heavens opened up before the game – the rain making the conditions greasy. I must admit it wasn’t the prettiest game ever.”

It was Munster who registered the game's first points, with Hanrahan scoring a penalty in the fifth minute after an infringement by Ireland international CJ Stander.

It was a slow, scrappy affair, with Leinster struggling to get into their groove in the wet conditions.

Kelleher recorded Leinster's first points with a contentious try in the 27th minute when Sexton's kick forced an error from Keith Earls, with Kelleher driving over after a strong maul from Leinster.

There were suspicions of a double movement before the ball was grounded, but the try was awarded.

Sexton converted to make it 7-3.

The Ireland international then added a penalty in the dying seconds of the first half to etxend Leinster's lead to six points at the break.

Munster lost Andrew Conway to injury early in the second half, with Rory Scannell coming on to replace the winger. Munster out-half Hanrahan then missed two crucial penalties which could have drawn the province level with Cullen's men.

Sexton split the posts with another accurate penalty in the 67th minute to make it 13-3 after Peter O’Mahony was penalised following a breakdown decision.

Josh Van Der Flier was sent to the sin bin with five minutes remaining, but Leinster used their experience to hold out for a scrappy victory at the Aviva.

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