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Leinster seal European semi-final spot

Ian Madigan starred for Leinster against Bath
Ian Madigan starred for Leinster against Bath

Ian Madigan gave Leinster a tense win their Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath, even though the visitors scored both tries of an absorbing encounter at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

Leinster centre Madigan's six successful penalties condemned Bath to an 18-15 defeat, although the visitors claimed touchdowns by England fly-half George Ford and captain Stuart Hooper.

Ford, back at the Aviva Stadium just five weeks after being part of an England team beaten during Ireland's march to the RBS 6 Nations title, scored a brilliant solo try and also made a break that ended with Hooper breaching Leinster's defence.

But Bath gave Madigan too many chances to punish them and he delivered a 100 per cent success-rate to book Leinster a semi-final appointment with either Toulon or Wasps, who meet on the Mediterranean coast on Sunday.

Get a full report in tomorrow's Sunday World newspaper.