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Scarlets Fan Rage As Leinster Semi-Final Clash Fixed For Aviva Stadium

Scarlets Fan Rage As Leinster Semi-Final Clash Fixed For Aviva Stadium

Yesterday Leinster stormed to a European Champions Cup semi-final place, dumping the defending champions out in the process. It was an effective and dominant performance by Leo Cullen's men at the Aviva Stadium and a timely reminder to the other three of what they are capable of.

Attention now turns to a semi-final clash with Scarlets in just under three weeks. That fixture is also scheduled for the Aviva Stadium, with all matches played at venues designated by EPCR. Because  Leinster Rugby (ranked 1) and Scarlets (ranked 4) both won their quarter-finals, Leinster are given home country advantage.

However, Scarlets fans have been quick to vent their frustration at the venue given it is perceived as home stadium advantage as well. It is not as if Leinster are spoilt for choice, with the only other venue in the capital capable of hosting the fixture being Croke Park. Nevertheless, complaints were forthcoming.

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In fairness, the point was also made that there is little alternative.

In the other semi-final, Racing 92 have home country advantage but the fixture will take place in Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux.

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