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9 reasons the Pro12 semi-finals are essential viewing this weekend

There’s nothing quite like the intensity of knock-out rugby.

It’s knockout rugby

No more of that points-for-losing guff: Ulster, Llanelli and Glasgow are playing for the right to play again. Leo looks fairly relaxed, though.

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It’s the last time you’ll see Ravenhill this season…

Out of the way, Adam Macklin, we can’t see the stadium.

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…But you might be sick of the RDS in a fortnight

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Ulster will hope to produce more of this



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Glasgow will bring some Lions hell-bent on avenging their narrow defeat in March

Not to mention this little beauty.



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Leinster players also have to fight for an Amlin final place

Oi! Come back with that silverware, Ó Muirí. ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The IRUPA and Pro12 player of the year will be in the thick of it

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While this man will be making sure he’s at the front of the queue should something unfortunate happen Dylan Hartley

Leinster fans will continue their farewell to this medal-laden pair

Among others .

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Not enough reasons? Here are 92 more…

Ulster XV: J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, S Olding, T Bowe, P Jackson, R Pienaar: T Court, R Best, D Fitzpatrick, J Muller (C), D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams;

Replacements: R Herring, C Black, R Lutton, I Henderson, M McComish, P Marshall, M Allen, P Nelson.

Scarlets XV: L Williams,g North, J Davies, S Williams, A Fenby, R Priestland, A Davies: P John, K Owens, S Lee, G Earle, J Synman, A Shingler, J Turnbull, R McCusker (C).

Replacements: E Phillips, Rhodri Jones, Jacobie Adriannse, Jake Ball, Sione Timani, Gareth Davies, Owen Williams, Gareth Owen.

Leinster XV: R Kearney, F McFadden, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, I Nacewa; J Sexton, I Boss: C Healy, R Strauss, M Ross; L Cullen (C); K McLaughlin, S O’Brien/ S Jennings, J Heaslip.

Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, J Hagan, Q Roux, S Jennings, R Ruddock, J Cooney, I Madigan, A Conway.

Warriors XV: S Hogg, S Maitland, S Lamont, A Dunbar, DTH van der Merwe; P Horne, N Matawalu: R Grant, P MacArthur, J Welsh; T Swinson, A Kellock; J Strauss, J Barclay, R Wilson.

Replacements: F Brown, M Low,E Kalman,  Ryder, R Harley, H Pyrgos, R Jackson, M Bennett.

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