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The Shocked Reaction To Leinster's Tame Semi Final Defeat To The Scarlets

The Shocked Reaction To Leinster's Tame Semi Final Defeat To The Scarlets

Well, that was a pretty awful way to end your season.

Many Leinster fans arriving at the RDS tonight for the Pro 12 semi final against the Scarlets probably thought all their team needed to do was show up to advance to next weekend's final. Unfortunately, they didn't even do that much.

The Welsh side blew Leinster wide open three times in the first half, with Leinster only repsonse coming from a brilliant try finished by Garry Ringrose.

Some reprieve came for the home teamย came late in the first half, when Steff Evans was sent off for a tip tackle on Garry Ringrose, but Leinster never capitalised, and ended up limping to the end of the season with a 27-15 defeat in front on their home fans.

Worryingly for Leinster, and for The Lions, both starting props left the game with injuries. Jack McGrath lasted just a few minutes going off with what looked like a serious elbow injury. Later on, Tadhg Furlong "hobbled off", as Warren Gatland presumably banged his head repeatedly off a nearby hard surface.

Johnny Sexton also looked to be hurt towards the end of the game, with Isa Nacewa even taking (and missing) a conversion attempt with Leinster briefly providing hope through a Jack Conan try.

It was that kind of night.

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It shouldn't be overlooked that it was a brilliant performance by the Scarlets, who received most of the plaudits post game.

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Gordon D'arcy wasn't taking too kindly to the Llanelli love in though.

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There was much to be said about the abject Leinster performance too.

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Lions selection is to the fore for a lot of fans looking on tonight, and it's Johnny Sexton's performance that was generating most of the discussion.

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Munster fans will be on high alert for the Ospreys tomorrow after this result.

Michael McCarthy

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