Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle to host Leinster in Champions Cup last four

The French club are through to their first semi-final after knocking out Sale and Glouchester
Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle to host Leinster in Champions Cup last four

Munsters Ronan O'Gara celebrates as he heads to score his try against Leinster in the 2006 semi-final at Lansdowne Road. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

RONAN O'Gara stands between Leinster and a shot at a fifth Champions Cup.

After crushing Sale 45-21 in the quarter-final on Saturday, building on an impressive victory over Gloucester, O'Gara's La Rochelle have a home semi-final against the Blues later this month.

La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara. Picture: Matt Impey/Sportsfile
La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara. Picture: Matt Impey/Sportsfile

Ronan O'Gara's side hit two tries in the opening 12 minutes of the second half on Saturday, from wing Raymond Rhule, to put paid to Sale's hopes and ensure the French outfit reached the last four of the competition for the first time.

Leinster came from 14-0 down against Exeter in their quarter-final to make it to the last four. Leo Cullen's charges are the only non-French club still standing.  

Simon Zebo misses this weekend's game. Picture: Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images
Simon Zebo misses this weekend's game. Picture: Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Unfortunately, Simon Zebo, who was unavailable, and Donnacha Ryan failed to make it through when Racing 92 were beaten by Bordeaux-Begles.

In the Challenge Cup, Ulster are away to Leicester Tigers, with Bath hosting Montpellier.

Heineken Champions Cup semi-final draw

La Rochelle v Leinster, Stade Marcel Deflandre; 

Toulouse v Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade Ernest Wallon. 

Challenge Cup semi-final draw 

Leicester Tigers v Ulster, Welford Road; 

Bath Rugby v Montpellier, Recreation Grounds.

La Rochelle celebrate after the game. Picture: INPHO/Manuel Blondeau
La Rochelle celebrate after the game. Picture: INPHO/Manuel Blondeau

The semi-finals will take place on the weekend of April 30 to May 2, with the location of the Champions and Challenge Cup finals to be decided once the pairings are known.

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