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Leinster smash Treviso to progress to Guinness PRO12 semi-final

By Robert Jones

Leinster will host Ulster in a mouth-watering Guinness Pro12 semi-final after recording a comprehensive 50-19 win over Benetton Treviso at the RDS.

Leo Cullen's side topped the table thanks to their bonus-point success, edging clear of both Connacht and Glasgow Warriors and earning home advantage for their May 20 duel with their provincial rivals in Dublin.

Jonathan Sexton's early try and a brace from hooker Richardt Strauss had Leinster 17-0 clear of the Italians by half-time and a Jack McGrath score sealed the bonus point for the three-time champions.

Meanwhile Munster secured their place in next season's Champions Cup after a hard-fought 31-15 victory over the Scarlets at Thomond Park earned them a sixth-place finish in the Guinness Pro12.

A disappointing season for Anthony Foley's side ended on a bright note as they scored five precious tries to subdue the spirited Welshmen.

Connacht earned a home Guinness PRO12 semi-final courtesy of a 14-7 win over Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground.

The 14-man Warriors, who had Sila Puafisi sent off, finished just behind second-placed Connacht in the table and will make the return trip to Galway in two weeks.

Pat Lam's men will hope for a repeat result as they strive to reach their first ever final at the end of what is already the Irish province's best ever league campaign.

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