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Injury concerns for double dreamers

Leinster's double dreams remain intact after they edged a spirited Glasgow side 19-15 in Saturday night's RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final in Dublin, but head coach Joe Schmidt was left to ponder some worrying injuries.

Brian O'Driscoll (knee) and Rob Kearney (back) are both concerns after sitting out the semi-final and knocks picked up by Eoin O'Malley, Cian Healy and Gordon D'Arcy will also have to be monitored.

"Eoin doesn't look too good to be honest. He has had a pretty rough knock on the knee, so he is going off to get scanned hopefully this evening or maybe tomorrow morning," admitted Schmidt.

"We'll have more information on him then, but it is too early to tell. Cian was walking fine by the time he got to the sideline, it was as much precautionary as anything else.

"He might have a little bit of inflamation around the ankle, but that's it. I think Gordon D'Arcy just got a knock and split the top of his eye.

"I'd say after 12 years of professional rugby it's stitching on top of stiching now. It's just a case of the eye closing over a little bit. Your depth of perception becomes a little bit blurred so we thought that we were better off to take Gordon off and look after him for next week."

Sean Lineen was disappointed to bow out as Warriors' head coach on a losing note, but had plenty of praise for his players.

"They never gave up, their defensive effort on the line was outstanding. You can't keep soaking up and soaking up the tackles and it told in the end," he said.

"We will take some consolation that the guys never gave up and came back to score a couple (of tries), but as I say it was too little, too late.

"We are out (of the competition) and the guys are really disappointed there. We didn't really do it any justice in the first half and we kept giving them the ball back. Three lineouts and squandered throws, the scrum in the left hand corner and they pushed us off - there's four set piece attacks gone and we just didn't get enough."


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