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2004–05 Celtic League
Countries Ireland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Champions Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys (1st title)
Runners-up Ireland Munster
Matches played 110
Attendance 470,446 (average 4,277 per match)
Tries scored 462 (average 4.2 per match)
Top point scorer Gavin Henson (Neath-Swansea Ospreys)
(175 points)[1]
Top try scorer Kevin Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons)
(12 tries)[2]
Official website
www.rabodirectpro12.com

The 2004–05 Celtic League was the fourth Celtic League season, and the second following the introduction of regional rugby in Wales. It involved Irish, Scottish and Welsh rugby union clubs. The restructured Celtic League saw the Welsh regional side the Neath-Swansea Ospreys finish top of the table to take the title.

Teams[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity City, Area
Scotland Borders Netherdale[a] 6,000 Galashiels, Scotland
Wales Cardiff Blues Cardiff Arms Park 12,500 Cardiff, Wales
Ireland Connacht Galway Sportsgrounds[b] 5,500 Galway, Republic of Ireland
Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium 12,464[c] Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland Glasgow Warriors Hughenden Stadium[d] 6,000 Glasgow, Scotland
Ireland Leinster Donnybrook Stadium[e] 6,000 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Wales Llanelli Scarlets Stradey Park[f] 10,800 Llanelli, Wales
Ireland Munster Thomond Park
Musgrave Park
13,200
8,300
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Cork, Republic of Ireland
Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys St Helen's
The Gnoll
4,500
6,000
Swansea, Wales
Neath, Wales
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons Rodney Parade 12,000 Newport, Wales
Ireland Ulster Ravenhill 12,800 Belfast, Northern Ireland

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Pts
1 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys 20 16 1 3 508 267 +241 53 27 7 3 76
2 Ireland Munster 20 15 1 4 470 331 +139 54 33 6 1 69
3 Ireland Leinster 20 12 1 7 455 350 +105 46 32 4 3 57
4 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 20 11 0 9 381 436 −55 39 43 4 2 50
5 Wales Llanelli Scarlets 20 9 0 11 402 446 −44 48 42 7 3 46
6 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 20 8 1 11 465 466 −1 40 58 4 7 45
7 Scotland Edinburgh 20 9 0 11 409 407 +2 47 40 4 4 44
8 Ireland Ulster 20 9 0 11 363 387 −24 37 34 2 5 43
9 Wales Cardiff Blues 20 8 1 11 350 404 −54 35 41 2 4 40
10 Ireland Connacht 20 7 1 12 317 407 −90 32 46 2 5 37
11 Scotland Borders 20 3 0 17 337 556 −219 31 66 2 4 18

Under the standard bonus point system, points are awarded as follows:

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 bonus point for scoring 4 tries (or more) (Try bonus)
  • 1 bonus point for losing by 7 points (or fewer) (Losing bonus)
Source: RaboDirect PRO12


Fixtures[edit]

Round 1[edit]

3 September 2004
19:05
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 34 – 17 Ireland Munster
Report
St Helen's
Attendance: 4,052
3 September 2004
19:30
Borders Scotland 15 – 26 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 2,000
4 September 2004
14:30
Connacht Ireland 31 – 15 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,137
4 September 2004
14:30
Edinburgh Scotland 16 – 17 Ireland Ulster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,609
5 September 2004
17:15
Leinster Ireland 9 – 9 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 3,256

Round 2[edit]

10 September 2004
19:05
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 6 – 23 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 8,173
11 September 2004
15:00
Borders Scotland 7 – 10 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
The Greenyards
Attendance: 1,250
11 September 2004
17:15
Ulster Ireland 15 – 26 Ireland Leinster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 6,100
11 September 2004
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 18 – 8 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 7,401
11 September 2004
20:05
Munster Ireland 27 – 27 Ireland Connacht
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 4,200

Round 3[edit]

17 September 2004
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 15 – 0 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,182
18 September 2004
14:30
Connacht Ireland 13 – 19 Ireland Ulster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,300
18 September 2004
17:15
Leinster Ireland 17 – 15 Ireland Munster
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 6,500
18 September 2004
17:30
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 39 – 3 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
The Gnoll
Attendance: 5,174
18 September 2004
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 12 – 10 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Old Anniesland
Attendance: 2,117

Round 4[edit]

24 September 2004
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 29 – 38 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,918
24 September 2004
19:30
Leinster Ireland 50 – 13 Scotland Borders
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 2,800
24 September 2004
19:35
Cardiff Blues Wales 31 – 6 Ireland Connacht
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 3,867
25 September 2004
17:15
Ulster Ireland 24 – 37 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 5,638
25 September 2004
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 37 – 16 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 7,648

Round 5[edit]

1 October 2004
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 34 – 13 Ireland Leinster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,262
2 October 2004
14:30
Connacht Ireland 29 – 27 Scotland Borders
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,650
2 October 2004
15:00
Edinburgh Scotland 35 – 16 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 1,657
2 October 2004
17:30
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 40 – 17 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
St Helen's
Attendance: 4,086
3 October 2004
17:15
Munster Ireland 19 – 13 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 9,000

Round 6[edit]

8 October 2004
19:05
Ulster Ireland 21 – 28 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,145
8 October 2004
19:30
Borders Scotland 15 – 23 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,500
9 October 2004
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 21 – 29 Ireland Connacht
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,281
9 October 2004
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 26 – 28 Ireland Munster
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 2,625
10 October 2004
17:15
Leinster Ireland 35 – 13 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 4,520

Round 7[edit]

15 October 2004
19:05
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 11 – 3 Ireland Leinster
Report
St Helen's
Attendance: 4,829
15 October 2004
19:30
Borders Scotland 6 – 14 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,200
16 October 2004
14:30
Connacht Ireland 24 – 35 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,760
16 October 2004
17:15
Munster Ireland 49 – 18 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 7,500
16 October 2004
19:15
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 34 – 20 Ireland Ulster
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 3,469

Round 8[edit]

5 November 2004
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 33 – 29 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,227
5 November 2004
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 36 – 22 Scotland Borders
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,765
5 November 2004
19:30
Leinster Ireland 18 – 9 Ireland Connacht
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 5,200
6 November 2004
17:15
Ulster Ireland 3 – 24 Ireland Munster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 6,402
7 November 2004
15:00
Cardiff Blues Wales 14 – 10 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 4,832

Round 9[edit]

12 November 2004
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 15 – 31 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,342
12 November 2004
19:30
Borders Scotland 19 – 20 Ireland Ulster
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,500
13 November 2004
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 24 – 19 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 2,799
13 November 2004
20:05
Munster Ireland 25 – 16 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 3,850
14 November 2004
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 24 – 22 Ireland Leinster
Report
Racecourse Ground
Attendance: 4,200

Round 10[edit]

19 November 2004
18:45
Munster Ireland 45 – 8 Scotland Borders
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 4,250
19 November 2004
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 16 – 17 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,531
19 November 2004
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 40 – 29 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,751
19 November 2004
19:30
Ulster Ireland 30 – 14 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 5,705
21 November 2004
17:15
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 9 – 10 Ireland Connacht
Report
The Gnoll
Attendance: 3,528

Round 11[edit]

26 November 2004
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 0 – 11 Ireland Munster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,496
26 November 2004
19:30
Leinster Ireland 22 – 16 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 4,370
26 November 2004
19:30
Borders Scotland 35 – 25 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 900
28 November 2004
13:05
Connacht Ireland 19 – 14 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,350
28 November 2004
18:00
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 22 – 9 Ireland Ulster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,334

Round 12[edit]

17 December 2004
19:05
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 39 – 22 Scotland Borders
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 4,129
17 December 2004
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 35 – 0 Ireland Connacht
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,423
17 December 2004
19:30
Ulster Ireland 36 – 34 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 5,858
18 December 2004
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 6 – 15 Ireland Leinster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 3,300
18 December 2004
20:05
Munster Ireland 13 – 9 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 3,500

Round 13[edit]

26 December 2004
14:30
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 28 – 7 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
The Gnoll
Attendance: 10,280
27 December 2004
14:00
Connacht Ireland 0 – 3 Ireland Munster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 4,500
27 December 2004
15:00
Edinburgh Scotland 18 – 12 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,932
27 December 2004
16:00
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 25 – 21 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 10,500
27 December 2004
17:05
Leinster Ireland 9 – 8 Ireland Ulster
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 5,500

Round 14[edit]

31 December 2004
15:00
Borders Scotland 19 – 10 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 2,200
1 January 2005
14:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 9 – 15 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 8,206
1 January 2005
16:00
Ulster Ireland 23 – 14 Ireland Connacht
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,900
1 January 2005
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 35 – 26 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,372
1 January 2005
17:30
Munster Ireland 19 – 13 Ireland Leinster
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,000

Round 15[edit]

21 January 2005
19:05
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 22 – 21 Ireland Ulster
Report
St Helen's
Attendance: 4,142
21 January 2005
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 23 – 0 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 1,628
22 January 2005
14:00
Connacht Ireland 8 – 18 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,750
22 January 2005
14:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 21 – 16 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,072
22 January 2005
19:30
Borders Scotland 29 – 16 Ireland Leinster
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,150

Round 16[edit]

28 January 2005
19:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 12 – 17 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 3,200
28 January 2005
19:30
Borders Scotland 9 – 18 Ireland Connacht
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,176
29 January 2005
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 32 – 17 Ireland Munster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 7,530
29 January 2005
19:45
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 27 – 27 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,715
30 January 2005
16:45
Leinster Ireland 55 – 3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 4,600

Round 17[edit]

18 February 2005
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 13 – 11 Ireland Ulster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,452
18 February 2005
19:30
Connacht Ireland 11 – 18 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Dubarry Park
Attendance: 1,200
19 February 2005
17:30
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 34 – 10 Scotland Borders
Report
The Gnoll
Attendance: 4,057
19 February 2005
19:45
Edinburgh Scotland 41 – 33 Ireland Leinster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,400
20 February 2005
17:00
Munster Ireland 25 – 19 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 5,000

Round 18[edit]

4 March 2005
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 42 – 15 Scotland Borders
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,147
4 March 2005
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 13 – 16 Ireland Connacht
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,046
4 March 2005
19:30
Ulster Ireland 30 – 3 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 6,215
5 March 2005
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 30 – 20 Ireland Munster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 3,350
6 March 2005
16:45
Leinster Ireland 12 – 16 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 3,500

Round 19[edit]

18 March 2005
19:00
Munster Ireland 21 – 15 Ireland Ulster
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 5,870
18 March 2005
19:05
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 30 – 0 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
St Helen's
Attendance: 4,113
20 March 2005
14:30
Connacht Ireland 21 – 26 Ireland Leinster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,100
20 March 2005
15:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 25 – 13 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,116
20 March 2005
19:00
Edinburgh Scotland 31 – 18 Scotland Borders
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,420

Round 20[edit]

25 March 2005
17:00
Leinster Ireland 31 – 25 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 3,600
25 March 2005
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 8 – 24 Ireland Munster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,902
25 March 2005
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 19 – 14 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 3,787
25 March 2005
19:30
Ulster Ireland 17 – 13 Scotland Borders
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,017
26 March 2005
17:30
Neath-Swansea Ospreys Wales 29 – 12 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
The Gnoll
Attendance: 10,280

Round 21[edit]

8 April 2005
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 22 – 8 Ireland Ulster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,600
9 April 2005
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 30 – 57 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,480
9 April 2005
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 33 – 3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,656
10 April 2005
16:45
Connacht Ireland 13 – 22 Wales Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,600
10 April 2005
16:45
Borders Scotland 23 – 38 Ireland Munster
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,646

Round 22[edit]

15 April 2005
19:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 33 – 12 Scotland Borders
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 4,300
15 April 2005
19:05
Ulster Ireland 16 – 3 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,948
16 April 2005
17:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 24 – 19 Ireland Connacht
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,579
16 April 2005
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 23 – 30 Ireland Leinster
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 4,364
16 April 2005
19:30
Munster Ireland 30 – 20 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 5,000

Leading scorers[edit]

Note: Flags to the left of player names indicate national team as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules, or primary nationality for players who have not yet earned international senior caps. Players may hold one or more non-IRB nationalities.

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Border Reivers also played one home game at The Greenyards.
  2. ^ Connacht also played one of their matches at Dubarry Park in Athlone.
  3. ^ Although Murrayfield's full capacity is 67,800, only the lower section of the West Stand, with a capacity of 12,464, is generally opened for Edinburgh fixtures.
  4. ^ Glasgow Warriors also played one home game at Old Anniesland.
  5. ^ Leinster also played two of their home games at Lansdowne Road.
  6. ^ Llanelli Scarlets played one of their home games at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leading Points-Scorers". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Leading Try-Scorers". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 31 October 2013.