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Munster, Ulster and Connacht will all be in playoff action next weekend

The semi-final pairings weren’t known until the last moments of today’s games.

THE FINAL DAY of the Pro12 was every bit as riveting as we had hoped, with more leap-frogging going on than in a lunch time playground as teams fought for home semi-finals and Champions Cup participation.

Paul OÕConnell scores a try Paul O'Connell scored Munster's fifth try at Musgrave Park. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Munster and Glasgow were the big winners, with both teams securing bonus point wins against the Dragons and Ulster respectively, to book home advantage in the final four next weekend.

The Ospreys will be particularly annoyed with their second half display in Galway, as they couldn’t find a bonus point try despite scoring three in the opening forty. Their second half drought means they will travel for next weekend’s semi-finals rather than have the luxury of hosting.

So after today’s games, Glasgow will host Ulster in a rematch of this afternoon’s clash next Friday, although Neil Doak will no doubt bring back in his big guns for the clash.

The following day will see the Ospreys visit Munster, it what should be an absolute cracker. The Welsh side won at Thomond Park earlier in the season and Anthony Foley will be determined not to let that happen again.

Connacht’s four-point loss at home to the Ospreys meant they needed Leinster to do them a favour away to Edinburgh, to ensure their participation in the Champions Cup playoff.

Matt O’Connor’s men made them sweat but ultimately sealed a 36-23 win, which means that Connacht will visit Gloucester next Sunday, with the winner facing the seventh placed French side the following weekend, with a Champions Cup spot on the line.

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