Leinster captain Isa Nacewa is hoping that home advantage can propel his side past an Ulster team with momentum when the provinces lock horns in the Guinness Pro12 play-offs at the RDS on Friday night.

Leinster may have topped the table, but Ulster will make the trip south with plenty of confidence after inflicting a heavy defeat on Nacewa and his colleagues at Kingspan Stadium on 30 April.

“When you lose 30-6, it doesn’t leave any time soon,” Nacewa conceded in an intervie with RTÉ Sport.

“It’s still fresh in the memory bank.

“It’s all about fine margins against a team that is hot on confidence and playing a great brand of rugby - those margins get even slimmer.

“It’s about going back to basics and executing under pressure and that’s all we can do when it comes to a play-off match.

“They’re playing great rugby. I take my hat off to them.

“They’ve scored 18 tries in the last four games alone and that’s what you want, running in to any play-off match.

"We need to be a lot more clinical when we have possession" - Leo Cullen

“They’re hot on form and we’ve looked at that and we’ll look to combat that, but we are at home in front of our fans at the RDS and that’s what means most to every guy running out with a Leinster jersey tomorrow.”

Having cast his analytical eye over the recent defeat in Belfast, coach Leo Cullen concluded: "We need to be a lot more clinical when we have possession.

"I thought we did create opportunities, made some good linebreaks, which is hard to do in rugby these days, but some of our basic skills let us down when we got in good attacking positions. That's been a big focus for us.

"The set-piece battles in these big games are always important, so it's an area that we will always put a huge emphasis on.

"It's two really good teams going up against it and it's great for us as a club to be involved again.

"The players have made a lot of sacrifices and there have been a lot of ups and downs throughout the season to get to this point.

"It's a great reward for the people who have stood by the team all season that the players get to run out here for a semi-final.”