Irish eyes smile as Heineken Cup Final looms
The Heineken Cup final will be an all-Irish affair as provincial sides Leinster and Ulster will meet in the final at Twickenham on May 19th.
Leinster withheld late pressure from French side Clermont Auvergne to win their semi-final 19-15, giving them a chance to win their third Heineken Cup in four seasons.
A tackle by Gordon Darcy in the last minute caused the French side's centre Wesley Fofana to knock on, ending their hopes.
Ulster reached the final by beating Edinburgh 22-19 in an equally nail-biting semi final.
While French and Scots fans think of what might have been, almost anyone with an interest in Irish rugby will be keen on watching the final.
Hospitality packages are available for the clash at Twickenham, where the likes of Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy and Cian Healy from Leinster will face Rory Best, Stephen Ferris and Dan Tuohy, plus Springbok pair Ruan Pienaar and Pedrie Wannenburg.
The two South Africans scored all 22 points between them, with Wannenburg scoring a try, which Pienaar converted as well as kicking five penalties.
By Ted Walker