2008–09 Celtic League

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2008–09 Celtic League
Countries Ireland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Champions Ireland Munster (2nd title)
Runners-up Scotland Edinburgh
Matches played 90
Attendance 731,328 (average 8,126 per match)
Tries scored 352 (average 3.911 per match)
Top point scorer Felipe Contepomi (Leinster)
James Hook (Ospreys)
(161 points)[1]
Top try scorer Thom Evans (Glasgow)
(9 tries)[2]
Official website
www.rabodirectpro12.com

The 2008–09 Celtic League (known as the 2008–09 Magners League for sponsorship reasons) was the eighth Celtic League season and the third with Magners as title sponsor. The season began in September 2008 and ended in May 2009. Ten teams played each other on a home-and-away basis, with teams earning four points for a win, and a bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match. Losing teams also earned a bonus point if they lost by seven points or less.

The ten competing teams consisted of the four Irish provinces, Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster; two Scottish regions, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors; and four Welsh regions, Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets. The Scarlets were originally known as the "Llanelli Scarlets", but renamed themselves at the start of the season, in order to reflect their regional identity.[3]

Munster were crowned champions on 30 April 2009 after the Ospreys beat the Newport Gwent Dragons 27–18 but failed to claim a bonus point.[4]

Teams[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity City, Area
Wales Cardiff Blues Cardiff Arms Park 12,500 Cardiff, Wales
Ireland Connacht Galway Sportsgrounds 5,500 Galway, Republic of Ireland
Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium 12,464[a] Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland Glasgow Warriors Firhill Stadium 10,887 Glasgow, Scotland
Ireland Leinster RDS Arena 18,500 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Ireland Munster Thomond Park
Musgrave Park
26,500
8,300
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Cork, Republic of Ireland
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons Rodney Parade 12,000 Newport, Wales
Wales Ospreys Liberty Stadium 20,500 Swansea, Wales
Wales Scarlets Parc y Scarlets
Stradey Park
14,870
10,800
Llanelli, Wales
Ireland Ulster Ravenhill Stadium 12,800 Belfast, Northern Ireland

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Pts
1 Ireland Munster 18 14 0 4 405 257 +148 49 23 6 1 63
2 Scotland Edinburgh 18 11 0 7 416 296 +120 40 30 6 5 55
3 Ireland Leinster 18 11 1 6 401 270 +131 38 20 4 2 52
4 Wales Ospreys 18 11 0 7 397 319 +78 39 28 3 5 52
5 Wales Scarlets 18 9 0 9 376 395 −19 41 46 3 1 40
6 Wales Cardiff Blues 18 8 1 9 322 361 −39 31 36 2 2 38
7 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 18 7 0 11 349 375 −26 36 41 4 5 37
8 Ireland Ulster 18 7 0 11 298 331 −33 30 33 2 6 36
9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 18 7 0 11 305 429 −124 26 39 1 4 33
10 Ireland Connacht 18 4 0 14 224 460 −236 20 54 1 3 20

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


Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

5 September 2008
18:30
Connacht Ireland 3–16 Wales Ospreys
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 829
5 September 2008
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 6–12 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,113
5 September 2008
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 15–20 Ireland Munster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 5,443
5 September 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 9–16 Wales Scarlets
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,368
6 September 2008
18:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 16–16 Ireland Leinster
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 8,017

Welsh Round 1[edit]

  • All-Welsh Round 5 matches played mid-week to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
9 September 2008
19:35
Ospreys 32–10 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 8,499
10 September 2008
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 25–27 Wales Scarlets
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,057

Round 2[edit]

12 September 2008
19:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 16–15 Ireland Ulster
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 8,619
12 September 2008
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 18–21 Wales Ospreys
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,651
12 September 2008
19:30
Leinster Ireland 52–6 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 14,840
13 September 2008
17:30
Scarlets Wales 45–3 Ireland Connacht
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,041
14 September 2008
18:00
Munster Ireland 50–6 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,685

Round 3[edit]

19 September 2008
18:30
Connacht Ireland 15–8 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,252
19 September 2008
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 32–12 Wales Scarlets
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,655
19 September 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 14–16 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,885
19 September 2008
19:35
Leinster Ireland 19–13 Wales Ospreys
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 15,140
20 September 2008
19:30
Munster Ireland 28–20 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,685

Round 4[edit]

26 September 2008
19:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 58–0 Ireland Connacht
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 7,542
26 September 2008
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 34–20 Wales Scarlets
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,450
26 September 2008
19:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 11–9 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,676
27 September 2008
17:30
Ospreys Wales 43–0 Ireland Ulster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,225
28 September 2008
19:00
Leinster Ireland 0–18 Ireland Munster
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 18,500

Round 5[edit]

3 October 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 13–9 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,418
4 October 2008
19:00
Munster Ireland 25–17 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Thomond Park Stadium
Attendance: 22,885
5 October 2008
18:00
Connacht Ireland 19–18 Ireland Leinster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,820

Round 6[edit]

24 October 2008
18:30
Connacht Ireland 14–27 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,868
24 October 2008
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 15–12 Ireland Leinster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,523
25 October 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 22–6 Ireland Munster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 10,058

Round 7[edit]

28 November 2008
19:05
Scarlets Wales 16–18 Ireland Munster
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 8,435
28 November 2008
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 32–16 Wales Ospreys
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,670
28 November 2008
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 28–0 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,364
28 November 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 53–13 Ireland Connacht
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,841
29 November 2008
17:30
Leinster Ireland 29–13 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 15,240

Welsh Round 2[edit]

  • All-Welsh Round 6 matches played mid-week to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
19 December 2008
19:35
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 30–24 Wales Ospreys
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 7,138
20 December 2008
17:30
Scarlets Wales 27–13 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 7,610

Round 8[edit]

26 December 2008
14:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 19–21 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 10,180
26 December 2008
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 39–6 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 12,534
27 December 2008
17:30
Ospreys Wales 20–6 Wales Scarlets
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 20,520
27 December 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 13–21 Ireland Leinster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 13,500
28 December 2008
18:00
Connacht Ireland 12–6 Ireland Munster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 5,000

Round 9[edit]

31 December 2008
14:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 12–16 Wales Ospreys
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 12,813
1 January 2009
17:15
Scarlets Wales 29–24 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 7,050
2 January 2009
15:00
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 25–20 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 6,665
2 January 2009
19:30
Leinster Ireland 26–18 Ireland Connacht
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 16,350
3 January 2009
19:30
Munster Ireland 11–37 Ireland Ulster
Report
Thomond Park Stadium
Attendance: 25,623

Round 10[edit]

9 January 2009
18:30
Connacht Ireland 14–17 Wales Scarlets
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,063
9 January 2009
19:05
Ospreys Wales 21–25 Ireland Munster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 9,003
9 January 2009
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 20–25 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,217
9 January 2009
19:45
Edinburgh Scotland 21–15 Ireland Ulster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,393
10 January 2009
19:30
Leinster Ireland 21–20 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 14,470

Round 11[edit]

20 February 2009
19:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 34–30 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 7,603
21 February 2009
17:30
Scarlets Wales 17–31 Ireland Leinster
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,436
21 February 2009
19:30
Munster Ireland 28–14 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,685
22 February 2009
14:15
Ospreys Wales 22–10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,127
22 February 2009
16:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 26–16 Ireland Ulster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 6,112

Round 12[edit]

6 March 2009
18:30
Connacht Ireland 14–19 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,373
6 March 2009
19:05
Ospreys Wales 8–13 Ireland Leinster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 8,046
7 March 2009
17:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 9–20 Ireland Munster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 6,865
7 March 2009
19:30
Ulster Ireland 12–0 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,286
8 March 2009
16:10
Scarlets Wales 13–6 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,302

Round 13[edit]

27 March 2009
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 32–5 Ireland Connacht
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,208
27 March 2009
19:45
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 13–26 Ireland Munster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 3,615
29 March 2009
17:30
Leinster Ireland 32–6 Ireland Ulster
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 15,940

Round 14[edit]

3 April 2009
18:30
Connacht Ireland 39–17 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,272
3 April 2009
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 16–3 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,540
3 April 2009
19:35
Ulster Ireland 13–16 Wales Ospreys
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,600
4 April 2009
17:30
Scarlets Wales 21–38 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,103
4 April 2009
19:30
Munster Ireland 22–5 Ireland Leinster
Report
Thomond Park Stadium
Attendance: 26,043

Round 15[edit]

17 April 2009
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 19–20 Ireland Ulster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,960
17 April 2009
19:45
Edinburgh Scotland 27–16 Ireland Leinster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,747
18 April 2009
17:30
Scarlets Wales 19–28 Wales Ospreys
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 11,444
18 April 2009
19:30
Munster Ireland 25–10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Thomond Park Stadium
Attendance: 26,043

Round 16[edit]

24 April 2009
19:30
Ulster Ireland 9–11 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,809
24 April 2009
19:35
Munster Ireland 29–10 Wales Scarlets
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,685
25 April 2009
19:30
Ospreys Wales 30–32 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,015
25 April 2009
19:35
Leinster Ireland 36–13 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 10,910
26 April 2009
17:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 27–14 Ireland Connacht
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,233

Rearranged fixtures[edit]

30 April 2009
19:05
Ospreys Wales 27–18 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,010
6 May 2009
19:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 26–12 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 6,608

Round 17[edit]

8 May 2009
19:00
Connacht Ireland 12–14 Ireland Ulster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,425
8 May 2009
19:45
Leinster Ireland 45–8 Wales Scarlets
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 11,160
9 May 2009
14:30
Edinburgh Scotland 43–3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,105
10 May 2009
14:35
Ospreys Wales 34–23 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,204
10 May 2009
16:35
Cardiff Blues Wales 20–12 Ireland Munster
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 7,428

Rearranged fixture[edit]

13 May 2009
19:35
Cardiff Blues Wales 9–30 Wales Scarlets
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 8,212

Round 18[edit]

15 May 2009
19:45
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 30–9 Ireland Connacht
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 1,851
15 May 2009
19:45
Munster Ireland 36–10 Wales Ospreys
Report
Thomond Park Stadium
Attendance: 26,043
16 May 2009
17:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 18–9 Ireland Leinster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,426
16 May 2009
19:30
Scarlets Wales 43–17 Ireland Ulster
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,219
17 May 2009
15:35
Cardiff Blues Wales 14–36 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 11,212

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.

Broadcast rights[edit]

Television rights for the league are split between three broadcasters, BBC Wales, S4C and Setanta Sports. BBC Wales and S4C continued to cover the Celtic League until the end of the 2009–10 season.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leading Points-Scorers". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Leading Try-Scorers". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Scarlets drop Llanelli from name". BBC Sport. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ospreys 27-18 Dragons". BBC Sport. 2009-04-30. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  5. ^ BBC extends Welsh rugby contract