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Live Reporting

Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

  1. Champions Cup semi-finals

    The Champions Cup semi-finals will take place on the weekend of the 21/22 April.

    Here's what's on offer:

    SF1: Leinster v Scarlets - Aviva Stadium, Dublin

    SF2: Racing 92 v Munster - Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux

    We'll be back then, goodbye!

  2. Post update

    Right, that's all from me.

    Thanks to those of you who gave up your Easter weekend to join me and my various live texts.

    Now let's take a look at those all-important semi-final line-ups.

  3. 'Fans made a difference for Leinster'

    FT Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Saracens didn't take their chances when they had them. However, they played like champions and it's the first European match they have lost in a good while.

    The Scarlets will be a different challenge and it will be another huge occasion. The Leinster fans have made a huge difference in this home from home.

  4. 'All about the result'

    FT: Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Johnny Sexton

    Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton speaking to BT Sport:

    "Everything was about the result today. We are trying to replicate what Saracens have done over the past few years and if we wanted to do that, we were going to have to beat them at some point. We're delighted.

    "The big games come down to little moments, the boys held them out on the line before the break."

  5. 'Far from polished by Leinster'

    FT Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    I am relieved for Leinster. They were far from the polished team you would have expected. Saracens were strong but were didn't convert it into points when they were on top.

    However, Leinster were worthy winners from their performance in the second half. Saracens play a certain type of game and the Scarlets will with a lot more width. They will find gaps in the Leinster defence which they will have to plug in a fortnight.

  6. 'You have to be physical'

    FT: Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Dan Leavy

    Dan Leavy, who has a huge egg on his head, has been speaking to BT Sport.

    The flanker was named man of the match after a huge defensive effort and a sneaky try as well.

    "We know what a strong team they are and if you're not physical with them it's going to be a long day at the office. It's definitely an area we targeted."

  7. 'Leinster favourties to reach final'

    FT: Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Ian Robertson

    BBC rugby correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    That is a great win for Leinster. They face the Scarlets in the semi-finals and probably are favourites to get to the final now. Saracens had the better of the first half, but Leinster dominated the second half. A great performance by Leinster.

  8. 'Leavy tough as teak'

    FT: Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Dan Leavy is named man of the match and its hard to argue with that. He's been as tough as teak today and is full of bumps of bruises.

  9. Full-time

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    And that's that. The defending champions are out and it's Leinster who will play Scarlets in the semi-final in Dublin.

  10. Post update

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    One minute to go in Dublin as Leinster have the put-in at the scrum and will have one last flurry in attack.

  11. 'Leinster need to run the clock down'

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    I'm exasperated by some top quality players in Leinster team who the just kicking it into row z. They just need to run the clock down.

  12. Post update

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    I think Leinster have this one safely in the bag. They're holding onto the ball right on the half-way line as we enter the final two minutes.

    The Irish side will welcome Scarlets in three weeks time to the Aviva.

  13. Sin-bin - Devin Toner

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Devin Toner's game is cut short. He sticks out a leg on the ground and interrupts Ben Spencer's pass.

    Leinster will see this one out with 14 men.

  14. 'Leinster not out the woods yet'

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Saracens are running out of time. Leinster are not out of the wood yet though. Leinster are not fully comfortable with the ball, there's still a little bit of panic.

  15. Post update

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Dan Leavy has run excellent angles this afternoon and he takes Leinster over the gain line once again, before Joey Carbery launches the ball into touch.

    There's just over five minutes left in this one, and Saracens are stuck with a line-out deep in their own half. They'll have to run it from here.

  16. Post update

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Liam Williams has not passed that head injury assessment so Chris Wyles will remain on the field.

    Saracens have a line-out on the half-way line and Alex Goode skips through a couple of tackles to take his side beyond the gain line.

    This is better from the English team but just as I say that, they're pulled for crossing. Sloppy.

  17. Replacement

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Johnny Sexton's day is done. The fly-half gets a standing ovation as youngster Joey Carbery comes off the bench for the final 10 minutes or so.

  18. 'Still all to play for'

    Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Leinster looked vulnerable earlier on and that's the first chance Saracens have had a crack at them. It's a try there's no doubt.

    I think there's all to play just as Leinster looked like getting away. There are still 15 minutes to go. Leinster are making a raft of changes to freshen it up.

  19. Converted try - Leinster 30-19 Saracens

    Blair Cowan, con Owen Farrell

    Owen Farrell

    An easy drive over the line for Saracens, who are right back in this tie.

    Owen Farrell, against the wind, judges his conversion to perfection.

    15 minutes to go now as the Aviva crowd gets a little bit nervous.

  20. Post update

    Leinster 23-12 Saracens

    Liam Williams is going off for an HIA after he looked to be flying over the line.

    But the Wales wing slipped and made contact with the knee of Rob Kearney.

    There was no malice in that, just a penalty, but Saracens will go to the corner here and try to get their Champions Cup back on track.