Leinster are women's inter-provincial champions after they held off a brave second-half Connacht fightback at Energia Park.

The home side looked well in control leading 15-0 at the break, but the visitors stormed back into this contest with two unanswered scores before the hour mark.

Leinster managed to resist fierce Connacht pressure and added two late tries of their own to seal the title.

Connacht started strongly though their early pressure yielded nothing and they were punished on eight minutes when Ireland international Lindsey Peat crashed over for the first try of the game.

Elise O’Byrne White and Grace Miller followed her over the line, the latter after Jeamie Deacon intercepted a Connacht pass on the 22, to leave Leinster leading 15-0 at the break.

Connacht weren’t about to roll over though and they charged out of the blocks in the second half. Edel McMahon drove over from close range and Nicloe Fowley converted to cut the gap back to eight points.

And it was a one-score game when Beibhinn Parsons turned heavy pressure from the visitors into a try in the corner, though a difficult conversion fell just short.

At 15-12 with 20 minutes to go this was all to play for, though Leinster got going again and saw it out.

First Hannah O’Connor touched down following good work from Sene Naoupu and then Judy Bobbet finished the scoring just before the end to give Leinster a 25-12 win.