2013 Pro12 Grand Final

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2013 Pro12 Grand Final
Event 2012–13 Pro12
Date 25 May 2013
Venue RDS Arena, Dublin
Man of the Match Shane Jennings
Referee John Lacey (IRFU)
Attendance 19,200
Weather Sunny
2012
2014

The 2013 Pro12 Grand Final was the final match of the 2012–13 Pro12 season. The 2012-13 season was the second with RaboDirect as title sponsor and the fourth ever League Grand Final. Leinster won the game 24-18 against Ulster.[1][2]

The win for Leinster ended a run of three successive league final losses.[3] A Shane Jennings try in the first half helped Leinster to a 16-6 half-time lead, with Jamie Heaslip getting the second try in the second half.[4][5]

It was Jonathan Sexton's final match for Leinster before joining Racing Métro, and also coach Joe Schmidt's last match before taking over as head coach of the Irish rugby team.[6][7]

Route to the final[edit]

Main article: 2012–13 Pro 12

2013 Playoffs[edit]

The semi-finals were played on the weekend of 10/11 May 2013; these followed a 1 v 4, 2 v 3 system with the games being played at the home ground of the higher placed teams.[8]

10 May 2013
19:45
Ulster Ireland 28–17 Wales Scarlets
Try: Bowe 25' c
Diack 34' m
Court 43' c
Con: Pienaar (2/3)
Pen: Pienaar (3/4) 7', 40', 63'
Report Try: G. Davies 61' c
Timani 79' c
Con: O. Williams (2/2)
Pen: O. Williams (1/2) 5'
Ravenhill
Attendance: 10,700
Referee: Alain Rolland (IRFU)

11 May 2013
19:35
Leinster Ireland 17–15 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Try: Heaslip 27' m
Pen: J. Sexton (4/6) 12', 32', 63', 70'
Report Try: Matawalu 15' c
Bennett 75' m
Con: Hogg (1/2)
Pen: Hogg (1/1) 25'
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 13,235
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (FFR)

Match[edit]

Details[edit]

25 May 2013
16:45
Ulster Ireland 18–24 Ireland Leinster
Pen: Pienaar (6/6) 24', 36', 47', 51', 56', 69'
Report Try: Jennings 3' c
Heaslip 63' m
Con: J. Sexton (1/2)
Pen: J. Sexton (4/5) 8', 34', 40', 45'
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 19,200
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
FB 15 New Zealand Jared Payne
RW 14 Ireland Andrew Trimble
OC 13 Ireland Darren Cave
IC 12 Ireland Stuart Olding Substituted off 64'
LW 11 Ireland Tommy Bowe
FH 10 Ireland Paddy Jackson
SH 9 South Africa Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 New Zealand Nick Williams
OF 7 Ireland Chris Henry
BF 6 South Africa Robbie Diack Temporarily suspended from 44' to 54' 44' to 54' Substituted off 64'
RL 5 Ireland Dan Tuohy
LL 4 South Africa Johann Muller (c)
TP 3 New Zealand John Afoa
HK 2 Ireland Rory Best
LP 1 Ireland Tom Court Substituted off 73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ireland Rob Herring
PR 17 Ireland Callum Black Substituted in 73'
PR 18 Ireland Declan Fitzpatrick
LK 19 Ireland Iain Henderson Substituted in 64'
FL 20 Ireland Mike McComish
SH 21 Ireland Paul Marshall
CE 22 Ireland Mike Allen Substituted in 64'
FB 23 Ireland Peter Nelson
Coach:
New Zealand Mark Anscombe
FB 15 Fiji Isa Nacewa Temporarily suspended from 47' to 57' 47' to 57'
RW 14 Ireland Fergus McFadden
OC 13 Ireland Brian O'Driscoll
IC 12 Ireland Ian Madigan
LW 11 Ireland Andrew Conway
FH 10 Ireland Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Ireland Isaac Boss
N8 8 Ireland Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Ireland Shane Jennings
BF 6 Ireland Kevin McLaughlin
RL 5 Ireland Devin Toner Substituted off 73'
LL 4 Ireland Leo Cullen (c)
TP 3 Ireland Mike Ross Substituted off 75'
HK 2 Ireland Richardt Strauss Substituted off 29' Substituted in 40'
LP 1 Ireland Cian Healy Substituted off 77'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ireland Sean Cronin Substituted in 29' Substituted off 40'
PR 17 Ireland Jack McGrath Substituted in 77'
PR 18 Ireland Jamie Hagan Substituted in 75'
LK 19 South Africa Quinn Roux Substituted in 73'
FL 20 Ireland Rhys Ruddock
SH 21 Ireland John Cooney
CE 22 Ireland Andrew Goodman
WG 23 Ireland David Kearney
Coach:
New Zealand Josef Schmidt

Man of the Match:
Ireland Shane Jennings (Leinster)

Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Television match official:
Dermot Moloney (Ireland)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "As it happened: Ulster v Leinster, RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final". The Score. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jamie Heaslip gives Leinster RaboDirect Pro12 title win over Ulster". Guardian. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Leinster says goodbye to its stars with 24-18 win over Ulster". Irish Mirror. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ulster 18-24 Leinster". BBC Sport. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "LEINSTER 24 V 18 ULSTER". Leinster Rugby. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Leinster defeat Ulster 24-18 to claim the RaboDirect PRO12 title". RTE Sport. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "As it happened: Leinster claim Rabodirect Pro12 crown". Irish Independent. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Competition Rules: Season 2011–2012 (Rule 3.6)". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

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