GALLERY: Connacht dazzle as they claim first ever major trophy

Connacht put in a spectacular performance to win a first ever Pro12 final

GALLERY: Connacht dazzle as they claim first ever major trophy

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Connacht 20
Leinster 10

Connacht completed their remarkable season by being crowned the champions of the Pro12 following a blistering defeat of Leinster at Murrayfield this evening.

The Westerners obliterated the four time champions in the first half to take a 15-0 lead in at the break, with superb tries from Tiernan O'Halloran and Niyi Adeolokun stunning Leinster, while AJ MacGinty added a penalty. 

Leinster started the second half better and Johnny Sexton opened their account with a penalty, but Connacht went on the hunt again for another try.

Moments after Tom McCartney went close, Matt Healy benefited from a clever MacGinty grubber to touch down. 

Sean Cronin ensured a nervy end to the contest when he crossed 15 minutes from time, but Connacht were not to be denied a historic first ever major trophy. 

Pictures:

Leinster players observe a minutes silence for Devin Toner's father who passed away
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Leinster’s Dave Kearney is tackled by Connacht’s Kieran Marmion
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Connacht's Tiernan O'Halloran scores a try
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Connacht's Tiernan O'Halloran celebrates his try with Bundee Aki
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Connacht's Niyi Adeolokun beats Eoin Reddan of Leinster to score a try
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Connacht's Niyi Adeolokun beats Eoin Reddan of Leinster to score a try
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Connacht's Ultan Dillane with Dave Kearney and Richard Strauss of Leinster
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Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Bundee Aki of Connacht
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Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose with Bundee Aki of Connacht
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Connacht’s Matt Healy celebrates scoring his sides third try
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Connacht’s John Muldoon lift the Guinness Pro12 Trophy
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