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first_img Press Association The score sent the 10,000 sell-out crowd into ecstasy but there was still work to be done as Finn Russell lined up the decisive conversion. However, the Scotland fly-half did not flinch as he booted Warriors towards the Belfast final, where they will now face the the winner of Saturday’s clash between Munster and Ospreys on May 30. After finishing top of the Pro12 table for the first time in the club’s history, Glasgow believed they could go the extra step and claim the title outright 12 months on from losing to Leinster in the 2014 Dublin final. Townsend’s side – unbeaten at home since November 2013 – had extra reason to be confident as they squared up to Neil Doak’s side for the second time in six days after securing a home semi-final with last week’s 32-10 win. But the Belfast XV bulldozed in that final regular season fixture looked little like the side which started the play-off clash. Doak made 11 changes to his line-up, bringing rested big guns like World Cup-winner Ruan Pienaar and Ireland stalwarts Paddy Jackson and Rory Best back in to face the Scots. Referee George Clancy was also in no mood to do the home side favours. He waited barely 30 seconds before he punished Glasgow’s first infringement, handing Pienaar a simple kick for the opening points, but Russell squared it soon after with a penalty of his own. Stuart Hogg was more ambitious but just as capable when he then slotted a monstrous effort over from two yards inside his own half to put Glasgow in front. Glasgow left it late to book a place in the Guinness Pro12 final after a nail-biting 16-14 win over Ulster at Scotstoun. However, Ulster were dominating the breakdown and racked up three turnovers in the first quarter hour. Their aggression soon told as Niko Matawalu found himself double-teamed by Henry and Ludik Louis down Glasgow’s right side, with the Fijian wing left stranded as Henry scampered in for the touchdown. Pienaar could not add the extras from out wide but there was a further blow for the hosts as skipper Al Kellock – also making his final Scotstoun bow before retiring in the summer – was forced off with a head injury just 20 minutes in, with Leone Nakarawa his replacement. Warriors looked for an immediate response but wasted decent territory when Ryan Grant was penalised by Clancy after hurrying his scrum engagement. And the Irish referee made himself even less popular with the home crowd when he let Craig Gilroy off scot-free, despite the Ulster wing being guilty of a blatant bodycheck as Matawalu looked to latch on to Russell’s kick into the corner. Glasgow looked feistier after the break but their rashness at crucial moments played into Ulster hands. Matawalu’s mazy cross-field run had the Glaswegian faithful on their feet but, in truth, it made barely 10 yards of progress. Ulster stretched their lead to five with another Pienaar kick but Gilroy survived a second contentious call after another apparent tug on the galloping Matawalu. The home side’s lineout had been misfiring all night and another erratic Pat MacArthur throw saw yet another chance coughed up two yards from Ulster whitewash. Russell reduced the deficit with a 61st-minute penalty but Pienaar wiped those gains out with another huge kick from wide left. The Scots’ surge finally came with five minutes left. Ulster repelled wave after wave but Glasgow stayed cool and, with the visitors stretched, Russell sprayed a 20-yard pass out to Van der Merwe, who squeezed over in the corner for his 40th Warriors try. The try locked the scores at 14-14 but Russell showed nerves of steel to slot over the winning kick from wide to keep Glasgow dreams of a maiden title alive. The Irish province had bullied Gregor Townsend’s men throughout the early stages and took control midway through the opening period with Chris Henry’s try. But Glasgow came out fired up for the second half and kept themselves in touch before Scarlets-bound DTH van Der Merwe levelled the scores on his final Scotstoun appearance five minutes from time. last_img read more

first_imgAston Villa have offered a new contract to defender Ron Vlaar but released striker Darren Bent, the club have announced. “Darren Bent is a proven goalscorer and that was something he proved during his loan spell with the club last season,” Clement told the club’s official website, www.dcfc.co.uk. “He is going to be key in our plans to move forward.” Enda Stevens will also leave Villa having made nine appearances after joining from Shamrock Rovers in January 2012. The Holland international had previously been expected to leave the club he joined from Feyenoord in 2012. Sherwood had shelved any contract talks with Vlaar until Villa had secured their Barclays Premier League future, with the club eventually finishing 17th. Vlaar, 30, has made 88 appearances for Villa and captained the side before being replaced as skipper by Fabian Delph this season. Southampton were interested in Vlaar last year after he excelled in Holland’s run to the World Cup semi-final, where they lost to Argentina in a penalty shoot-out with Vlaar missing from the spot. Villa also confirmed the exit of £24million record signing Bent, who has joined Derby on a two-year deal. Bent was released after scoring 25 goals in 72 appearances following a club record transfer from Sunderland in 2011. He fell out of favour with former manager Paul Lambert and spent time on loan at Brighton and Derby last season, sc oring 12 goals in 13 starts for the Rams as they missed out on the Sky Bet Championship play-offs. New Derby head coach Paul Clement shared the club’s interest in bringing Bent back to the iPro Stadium as he looks to win promotion at the first time of asking in his first managerial role. Vlaar’s current deal expires at the end of the month and boss Tim Sherwood has previously underlined his desire to keep him at Villa Park. Vlaar admitted after Villa’s FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool in April that Sherwood’s appointment as manager had changed things for him at the club and he was considering staying. Press Associationlast_img read more