Monday, May 02, 2011
Leinster are through to another Heineken Cup final, their second in three years, after they beat defending champions Toulouse 32-23 in a fast-paced semi final in Dublin on Saturday.
Flyhalf Jonathan Sexton kicked 22 points to add to tries by Brian ODriscoll and Jamie Heaslip as the home side got some kind of revenge over the side that knocked them out at the same stage last year.
The 2009 champions didnt disappoint the 50 000 fans on hand as they showed their quality to come back from an early freak try. Irish number eight Heaslip, who later scored a try by the narrowest of margins, said that revenge wasnt a motivating factor.
"It wasn't a case of it being a revenge mission for us, not at all," he said.
"We've got our goal set on winning the competition and Toulouse just happened to be the team in the semi-final. They played some amazing rugby and we didn't play our best, but no guts, no glory.
"I don't think there was much between the teams, and we're just happy to have got past this game. We'll have to be on top of our game to compete in the final and win this competition."
The Irish side will face England team Northampton Saints in the May 21st final, after they convincingly beat Perpignan in Milton Keynes yesterday.