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Published: 11:29 | 21/5/16

Cullen focused on Pro12 decider

Leinster boss eyes Pro12 final

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen immediately turned his focus to the Pro12 final following his side's 30-18 victory over Ulster.

Isa Nacewa's try and two Johnny Sexton penalties had the hosts in control of the all-Irish semi-final clash at the RDS but a try from Craig Gilroy helped the visitors to trail by just two points at the break.

Scores from Jamie Heaslip and Sean Cronin, however, helped Leinster to steady their ship and ultimately triumph.

“It’s good, because it’s a semi-final, and you just want to do enough to win the game,” said a relieved Cullen ahead of a meeting with Glasgow or Connacht.

“We need to focus on the next challenge. There’s no point in winning the semi and losing the final. There are a lot of really ambitions players who want to win silverware.”

Cullen was delighted with how his troops started the battle with Ulster and responded to the away side's comeback late in the first period.

“The guys showed good intensity and raced into a decent 13-point lead,” he said.

“I thought we lost our way a little bit. It got a bit scrappy, and Ulster built a lot of pressure.

“The guys were very composed at half-time and re-grouped and delivered a similar message to what we would have done at the start of the game.

“I thought they acquitted themselves well. They backed themselves.”

Cullen is desperate to end a difficult and somewhat disappointing campaign on a high.

“It’s been a challenging season coming off the back of a World Cup,” he added.

“For such a long period, it was hard to get that solid foundation that you would normally have, but they are all excuses, but we are where we are now.

“There are a lot of ups and downs but we tried to stay the course.”

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