Leinster booked their place in the semi finals of the Heineken Cup thanks to a narrow 29-28 victory over ASM Clermont Auvergne in the RDS on Friday night…Jamie Heaslip Post Match Reaction…

Speaking after the game, Heineken Man of the Match Jamie Heaslip said that the team were delighted to progress through to the semi finals.

He said: "It was a see-saw kind of a game and there are mixed feelings in the dressing-room. They dominated at times and there’s a real sense of relief because they could have shaded it at the end.

"Credit to the lads. We dug deep and got momentum at key stages in the game. We’re happy with the win but we know that there’s a lot of work still to be done. In this competition sometimes you need a bit of luck. I’m sure it was a great game to watch, but it was nervous enough to play in!"

A Julien Malzieu try helped the French side to a 10-0 lead but two fine Jamie Heaslip tries, the first after some superb vision by Brian O’Driscoll, saw Leinster recover to lead 20-10 at the interval.

Malzieu scored two further tries as his side moved five points ahead but then Jonathan Sexton, who kicked superbly throughout, slotted home two penalties.

The Leinster pack were typically industrious, with the likes of Leo Cullen, Kevin McLaughlin and Nathan Hines each putting in impressive shifts, while Eoin Reddan’s half-back partnership with Sexton bore fruit for the hosts throughout.

After 65 minutes Reddan almost came close to scoring, but the TMO adjudged that his effort was short of the line.

As the drama unfolded Brock James had a late drop-goal to win it for Clermont, but pushed it wide to send the home support into euphoria as the Heineken Cup dream continued.

*Leinster will now face the winners of Toulouse / Stade Francais in the semi finals.

LEINSTER SCORERS: J. Heaslip (2 tries), J. Sexton (5 penalties, 2 conversions)

CLERMONT SCORERS: J. Malzieu (3 tries), B. James (3 penalties, 2 conversions)

LEINSTER:

15: Rob Kearney (Girvan Dempsey, 77)
14: Shane Horgan
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Gordon D’Arcy
11: Isa Nacewa
10: Jonathan Sexton
9: Eoin Reddan

1: Stan Wright
2: John Fogarty (Bernard Jackman, 74)
3: CJ van der Linde (Cian Healy, half time)
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Nathan Hines
6: Kevin McLaughlin
7: Shane Jennings
8: Jamie Heaslip

REPLACEMENTS NOT USED:  Mike Ross, Malcolm O’Kelly, Stephen Keogh, Paul O’Donohoe, Shaun Berne, 

ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE:

15: Anthony Floch
14: Aurélien Rougerie CAPTAIN
13: Marius Joubert
12: Gonzalo Canale
11: Julien Malzieu
10: Brock James
9: Morgan Parra

1: Thomas Domingo
2: Mario Ledesma
3: Dato Zirakashvili
4: Jamie Cudmore
5: Thibaut Privat
6: Julien Bonnaire
7: Alex Lapandry
8: Elvis Vermeulen

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Benoit Cabello
17: Vincent Debaty
18: Clement Ric
19: Julien Pierre
20: Alex Audebert
21: Kevin Senio
22: Gavin Williams
23: Wesley Fofana

REFEREE: Dave Pearson (RFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Wayne Barnes (RFU), Stuart Terheege (RFU), 4th OFFICIAL: Greg Garner (RFU), 5th OFFICIAL: Bruce Robertson (RFU), TMO: Geoff Warren (RFU)