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Warriors' belief can prove key: Seymour

By Niall Crozier

Tomorrow's Leinster v Glasgow Warriors RaboDirect PRO12 final brings together opponents with very different experiences at this level.

Since the inception of the play-off system in 2009, Leinster have been finalists every season; this will be the fifth time in a row and their third successive shoot-out at the RDS.

That said, they have been winners just once – last year when they beat Ulster 24-18 in a final in which the northern province had to concede home advantage as Ravenhill's capacity at the time fell short of the mandatory 18,000 minimum.

In stark contrast, this will be Glasgow's first appearance in the final, another factor which – in tandem with home advantage – would appear to give Leinster a significant edge.

In addition, Leinster have beaten Glasgow in each of the past two seasons' semi-finals, although the margins could hardly have been closer – four points (19-15) in 2012 and two (17-15) in 2013.

Leinster back row forward Shane Jennings feels that if they are to continue that domination over the Scots, he and his team-mates will have to perform better than was the case against Ulster in the semi-finals.

He admitted: "It was encouraging that we did perform well in defence in the play-off match because they (Ulster) were giving it to us and we were under pressure at times.

"But we held to the system and the way we wanted to defend. It gives us good confidence that when we do what we're told – under pressure – it pays off.

"We're not getting too carried away. It was good but we'll have to do a lot better if we want to win the trophy because it's been a tough couple of months to get to here. So we want to do it justice."

In addition to those two close-run semi-finals, this season's Leinster v Glasgow PRO12 season-proper meeting at the RDS saw the hosts win 28-25.

Former Ulster winger, 25-year-old Tommy Seymour, reckons those close calls prove the Warriors are more than capable.

"Obviously we have been very close in the last two play-off semis with Leinster at the RDS, and in particular in last season's semi, we felt that if we had taken it to extra-time we had a real chance to go on and win," Seymour said.

"But what we have to do is put all of that experience to good use this time around. We know the environment we are going into, we know the team we are up against very well, so it is not a journey into the unknown and we know that these games with Leinster swing on very small margins.

"We will be going there with a bit of a chip on our shoulder, but we are very much going there with the belief that we can get the win."

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