15. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow)
The Lion played a blinder, kicking a conversion and a penalty to keep Glasgow on the tails of Leinster. Hogg however could not muster enough of his talent to drag Glasgow over the line, but it was a great performance from one of Glasgow’s big game players.
14. Tommy Bowe (Ulster)
Grabbed a try for himself while continually leading attacking skirmishes into the Scarlet half to devastating effect. Bowe was excellent throughout the contest, never letting the Scarlets rest for a moment.
13. Darren Cave (Ulster)
A human wrecking ball, bulldozing holes for his Ulster teammates to exploit. An overall great game from one of Ulster’s unsung heros.
12. Sean Lamont (Glasgow)
Another great game from the experienced destroyer. Lamont fronted up well against a hard Leinster back-line, his afternoon looked to be getting easier as O’Driscoll left the game early, but the Scottish international was unable to inflict the damage Glasgow needed to get the win.
11. George North (Scarlets)
One of the few Scarlet players who stepped-up against Ulster but couldn’t do all the work himself. North played well throughout the game but lacked the support from his team to cause Ulster any real problems. Overall a great game but was overshadowed from the impressive Ulstermen.
10. Jonathan Sexton (Leinster)
Led the line well, spraying the ball out wide at every opportunity and making Glasgow chase the ball. Sexton was impressive, slotting home four penalties to keep Leinster on top and leading them into the RaboDirect Pro12 Final.
9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)
One of the league’s best players again didn’t disappoint. He played another blinder, showcasing those brilliant rugby talents from start to finish. For Ulster to win the final Pienaar has to be at his best and firing on all cylinders.
1. Cian Healy (Leinster)
Played well, working hard in the scrums to keep the impressive Glasgow pack quiet throughout the match. Healy ran hard at the gaps while defending excellently to keep Leinster in the hunt for the Pro12 crown.
2. Rory Best (Ulster)
Grabbed man of the match award for his tireless work ethic. Best was everywhere over the course of the contest, running hard and tackling with power and skill. He kept the scrums in Ulster’s control along with a well disciplined line-out. Another game like that and Ulster have a good chance of being crowned Pro12 champions.
3. Tom Court (Ulster)
Bagged a try for his efforts, working deep in the rucks to keep Ulster’s hands on the ball while causing the Scarlets all sorts of problems in the scums and line-outs. An excellent game from the prop.
4. Leo Cullen (Leinster)
The big second-rower never let his work-rate drop, running hard to keep Glasgow’s constant attack pinned back while not putting a foot wrong in the scrums and line-outs. Leinster have it all to do when they face Ulster in the final but if the likes of Cullen can keep this sort of play going then they could easily take the win.
5. Johan Muller (Ulster)
A brilliant game from the dominating Lock. Helped to keep the line-outs on track while causing as many problems as he could for the Scarlet forward pack.
6. John Barclay (Glasgow)
Barclay upped his game against Leinster, covering the pitch well getting to the breakdowns first. His tireless work ethic was evident throughout the game but he lacked the support to be able to inflict the killer blows needed to stop Leinster. Overall a great performance which deserved more than the early elimination.
7. Robbie Diack (Ulster)
Yet another great performance from the impressive Diack. Ran hard, tackled with dominance and kept the Scarlets on the back foot for most of the contest.
8. Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)
Collected man of the match in the close fought battle with Glasgow in Dublin. Heaslip ran the ball well, working well with Jennings and McLaughlin to keep Glasgow silent for much of the match. The big number 8 was evidently the best on the park at the exact time his Leinster needed him to be.
By Alexander McLeman