Adam Hastings may have felt outnumbered at the official press conference for this weekend’s Guinness PRO14 semi-finals but he will have hometown advantage in the Final if Glasgow can defeat Ulster Rugby.
The final will take place at Glasgow’s Celtic Park on Saturday, May 25th only seven days after the semi-finals at the RDS and Scotstoun.
The game between Leinster and Munster at the RDS is a complete sell-out on Saturday afternoon. This includes the additional 677 seats which Leinster installed last week to accommodate the interest.
Leinster finished top of PRO14 Conference A on 76 points to claim home advantage in the PRO14 Final Series.
Munster finished second in Conference B on 77 points to secure a Semi-Final Qualifier at Thomond Park against Benetton Rugby, winning 15-13 to set up the tie at the RDS.
The two provinces met at the same stage of the competition last year with a single point all that separated the sides after 80 minutes.
This year though Leinster are coming off defeat in the Heineken Champions Cup Final, as opposed to being buoyed by victory as they were last year.
The game between Ulster and Glasgow will have added edge as Rory Best enters the final week of his playing career with the province which has been his home throughout his career.
He is reflecting on the emotion of retirement across the media today while at the same time hoping that the final taking off of the shirt will be delayed a week.
Both games will be televised live in Ireland on eir sport with Glasgow and Ulster on Friday night and Leinster and Munster on Saturday afternoon with a 2-30 start.
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