Leinster into European Champions Cup final after Sexton smites Scarlets

• Leinster 38-16 Scarlets
• Sexton try completes crushing win to put Leinster into final

It is not an opportune time to play Irish sides. A contest between league champions and the team they defeated in last season’s Pro12 semi-final across the road from here was one-sided throughout because of the unyielding force and drive of Leinster who had effectively reached their Champions Cup fourth final in 10 years by the interval.

The Scarlets looked like escaping into the dressing rooms at half-time 17-9 down having been outplayed by finely tuned opponents who from the opening moments played with pace, precision and purpose. The visitors fielded the 10 players who had started Wales’s Six Nations campaign against Scotland but they struggled to contain a team rippling with confidence.

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