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Iain Morrison

Matt Fagerson's ball-playing skills could be key for Glasgow. Picture: SNS

Where the Glasgow v Leinster Pro14 final will be won and lost

The last time Leinster travelled to a final in Scotland without Devin Toner on board the plane they lost to Connacht at BT Murrayfield.

Leinster are once again shorn of their long lock but will that be enough to swing the final the Warriors’ way? We take a look where this match will be won and lost.

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Rhys Ruddock says Leinster are out to prove a point. Picture: PA.

Leinster have learned lessons from Saracens setback says Rhys Ruddock

Several of Glasgow’s players have pointed to that 56-27 shellacking at the hands of Saracens as the game that got them into this Pro14 final, such has been the desire to make amends after that stinker. Sadly for them, their rivals on Saturday are thinking along similar lines after finishing a somewhat closer second to the same opposition in the Champions Cup final only 11 days ago.

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Leinster's Sean Cronin scores a try despite the attention of Munster's Peter O'Mahony.  Picture: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock

Leinster 24-9 Munster: Glasgow to face champions in Pro14 final

Leinster will face Glasgow in the Guinness Pro14 final on Saturday, which is almost certainly the encounter that the fans want and deserve. Both teams topped their respective conference, Leinster by a landslide, scoring an astonishing 95 tries during the regular season, Glasgow a little less comprehensively.

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Ali Price scores one of Glasgow's seven tries in the defeat of Ulster at Scotstoun on Friday night.''Photograph: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

GLASGOW GLORY WOULD SEE PARADISE REGAINED FOR ALI PRICE

The last time Glasgow made the Pro12 final, back in 2015, Ali Price had just turned 22 and the youngster was playing third fiddle to Henry Pyrgos and Niko Matawalu. The little scrummy was there in Belfast on the big day as 24th man, so he did the warm-up
and everything else that goes into a match day preparation before stepping backwards into the shadows for the match itself…and right back out again for the celebrations.

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Glasgow Warriors' Ryan Wilson looks ahead to the Guinness Pro14 semi final against Ulster. Pic: SNS/SRU/Paul Devlin

Glasgow Warriors face familiar situation ahead of Pro14 semi-final

It may be an omen. The only time Glasgow won the Pro12 league title back in 2014-15 they beat Ulster in a hard-fought semi-final at Scotstoun shortly after thumping them 32-10 in the league. This time around Glasgow have another home semi-final at Scotstoun, the opposition the same Ulster team that were hammered 30-7 only weeks ago.

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