|Leinster (14) 26|
|Tries: Sheehan, Henshaw, O’Loughlin, Healy Cons: Byrne (2), Sexton|
|Bulls (17) 27|
|Tries: Grobbelaar, Coetzee, penalty Cons: Smith (2) Pen: Smith, Steyn|
The Bulls held off a Leinster fightback to achieve the United Rugby Championship remaining with a 27-26 victory on the RDS.
The South Africans led by three factors at half-time because of tries from Johan Grobbelaar and Marcell Coetzee, whereas Dan Sheehan and Robbie Henshaw struck for the hosts.
A penalty strive prolonged the Bulls’ lead however Rory O’Loughlin gave Leinster hope.
Morne Steyn’s penalty put the sport past doubt earlier than Cian Healy’s last-gasp strive introduced the sport to at least one level.
The Bulls will face both fellow South Africans the Stormers or Ulster within the remaining. Ulster are on the lookout for their first trophy since 2006 and kick-off is at 14:00 BST on Saturday.
The defeat means Leinster finish a season trophy-less for the primary time since 2017 because the Bulls shocked the hosts for his or her maiden victory on Irish soil.
Sheehan turned Ross Byrne’s kick into an opportunistic ninth-minute strive however a Bulls purple patch delivered tries from Grobbelaar and captain Coetzee and a 17-14 half-time lead.
Eire centre Henshaw replied earlier than the break, however a 52nd-minute penalty strive, which landed Leinster captain James Ryan within the sin-bin, had the Bulls 10 factors clear.
Not even the introduction of Johnny Sexton might encourage an error-strewn Leinster, nonetheless a pointy assault gave them a lifeline with 11 minutes remaining as O’Loughlin was launched for the left nook.
Nonetheless, substitute Steyn’s 76th-minute penalty had the Bulls out of attain earlier than Healy burrowed over previous the 80-minute mark.
Leinster: O’Brien; Larmour, Ringrose, Henshaw, O’Loughlin; Byrne; Gibson-Park; Porter, Sheehan, Furlong, McCarthy, Ryan (capt), Doris, Van der Flier, Conan.
Replacements: Cronin, Healy, Ala’alatoa, Molony, Baird, McGrath, Sexton, Frawley.
Bulls: Moodie; Kriel; Hendricks, Vorster, Tambwe, Smith, Burger; Steenekamp, Grobbelaar, Smith, Steenkamp, Nortje, Coetzee (capt), Botha, Louw.
Replacements: Du Plessis, Matanzima, Hunt, Swanepoel, Steenkamp, Papier, Steyn, Arendse.