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Leaders hail Ulster semi-final win

Political leaders have joined Ulster rugby fans in Dublin to celebrate the team reaching the Heineken Cup final.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness were at the Aviva Stadium to see the semi-final victory at firsthand.

The Ulster side beat Edinburgh 22-19 to set up a cup final against Leinster or Clermont-Auvergne on May 19.

The Stormont First Minister and Deputy First Minister said: "This is a great day for Ulster rugby and we extend our warmest congratulations to coach Brian McLaughlin, his team and the associated backroom staff.

"The team rose above the pressure of the occasion with a great display of heart, skill and endeavour.

"Ulster has reached this final on merit after a challenging campaign. It has been too long since our last final appearance in 1999 but once again we have shown that we can compete at the highest level and we wish the team every success in the final next month."

Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said: "This is an important victory for Ulster. Despite tough opposition from Edinburgh, they will progress to the Heineken Cup final after a 13-year gap.

"Their outstanding second half performance earned them their place at Twickenham next month. This is a great result for Ulster and Irish rugby. Congratulations to all of the team."

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