2007–08 Celtic League

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2007–08 Celtic League
Countries Ireland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Champions Ireland Leinster (2nd title)
Runners-up Wales Cardiff Blues
Matches played 90
Attendance 609,015 (average 6,767 per match)
Tries scored 341 (average 3.789 per match)
Top point scorer Dan Parks (Glasgow)
(159 points)[1]
Top try scorer Tom James (Cardiff Blues)
(9 tries)[2]
Official website
www.rabodirectpro12.com

The 2007–08 Celtic League (known as the 2007–08 Magners League for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh Celtic League season and the second with Magners as title sponsor. The season began on 31 August 2007 and finished on the weekend beginning 10 May 2008. Some disruption to fixtures occurred as a result of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, which took place during September and October 2007.

The teams competing were the same as the previous season with one exception; only two Scottish teams participated, as the Scottish Rugby Union scrapped the Border Reivers region at the end of the 2006–07 season.[3] As in previous seasons, the league was played 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. The losing team may also earn a bonus point if they lose by seven points or less. The losing bonus point system is intended to ensure that both teams compete fully in all matches.[citation needed]

The ten teams competing were the four Irish provinces: Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster; two Scottish regions: Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors; and four Welsh regions: Llanelli Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Ospreys and Newport Gwent Dragons.

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
Wales Llanelli Scarlets Stradey Park 10,800 Llanelli, Wales
Ireland Munster Thomond Park
Musgrave Park
13,200
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
Ireland Ulster Ravenhill 12,800 Belfast, Northern Ireland

Pre-season[edit]

Following the end of the 2006–07 Celtic League season, a number of controversial events occurred in Celtic rugby. Mike Phillips moved from the Cardiff Blues to the Ospreys, in a move that would earn him £180,000 a year. The Border Reivers was officially closed as a rugby club, and Edinburgh Rugby were almost expelled from the competition, because of a row with the Scottish Rugby Union.

As a result of increased revenue from governing bodies and TV rights, most clubs were able to expand their squads with the signing of several new players.

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Pts
Ireland Leinster 18 13 1 4 428 283 +145 44 30 4 3 61
Wales Cardiff Blues 18 12 0 6 395 315 +80 48 31 6 2 56
Ireland Munster 18 10 1 7 330 258 +72 33 26 2 4 48
Scotland Edinburgh 18 9 3 6 313 285 +28 35 29 3 3 48
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 18 10 1 7 340 349 −9 31 38 1 3 46
Wales Llanelli Scarlets 18 7 0 11 403 362 +41 45 38 6 5 39
Wales Ospreys 18 6 1 11 321 255 +66 24 24 2 9 37
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 18 7 1 10 282 394 −112 31 44 1 3 34
Ireland Ulster 18 6 1 11 278 407 −129 33 41 2 1 29
Ireland Connacht 18 5 1 12 214 396 −182 16 39 0 2 24

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]

A provisional fixture list was released on 23 July 2007, with the opening game featuring Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys.

Welsh Round 1[edit]

  • All-Welsh Round 5 matches played early to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
31 Aug 2007
19:40
Cardiff Blues Wales 17–15 Wales Ospreys
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 9,187
1 September 2007
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 23–30 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,923

Welsh Round 2[edit]

  • All-Welsh Round 6 matches played early to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
7 September 2007
18:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 13–40 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,673
11 September 2007
19:35
Ospreys Wales 9–14 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 10,143

Round 1[edit]

21 September 2007
18:00
Connacht Ireland 22–7 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,141
21 September 2007
18:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 32–16 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,425
21 September 2007
18:30
Ulster Ireland 17–16 Wales Ospreys
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,142
22 September 2007
17:30
Leinster Ireland 23–8 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 9,630
22 September 2007
17:30
Munster Ireland 26–16 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 3,400

Round 2[edit]

28 September 2007
18:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 16–26 Ireland Munster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,537
28 September 2007
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 34–11 Ireland Connacht
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,560
28 September 2007
19:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 19–30 Ireland Leinster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,991
28 September 2007
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 24–10 Ireland Ulster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 1,389
30 September 2007
15:00
Ospreys Wales 37–23 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,417

Round 3[edit]

5 October 2007
19:10
Leinster Ireland 23–52 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 9,439
5 October 2007
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 13–13 Wales Ospreys
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 1,326
5 October 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 16–15 Ireland Connacht
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 1,226
5 October 2007
19:30
Munster Ireland 17–19 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 6,075
6 October 2007
17:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 31–11 Ireland Ulster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,139

Round 4[edit]

12 October 2007
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 32–8 Ireland Ulster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,480
12 October 2007
19:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 30–16 Ireland Connacht
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,921
12 October 2007
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 13–19 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 1,412
12 October 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 21–17 Ireland Leinster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 1,580
14 October 2007
16:10
Ospreys Wales 16–3 Ireland Munster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,740

Round 5[edit]

26 October 2007
18:30
Connacht Ireland 14–14 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,690
26 October 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 11–11 Ireland Munster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 1,829
26 October 2007
19:30
Ulster Ireland 16–16 Ireland Leinster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 13,132

Round 6[edit]

2 November 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 25–6 Ireland Ulster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,631
2 November 2007
19:30
Leinster Ireland 29–9 Ireland Connacht
Report
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 16,753
3 November 2007
19:30
Munster Ireland 19–16 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,300

Round 7[edit]

23 November 2007
19:10
Ospreys Wales 19–26 Ireland Leinster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,097
23 November 2007
19:30
Connacht Ireland 13–30 Ireland Ulster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,541
23 November 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 17–5 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 1,638
24 November 2007
19:30
Munster Ireland 45–19 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,250
25 November 2007
16:10
Edinburgh Scotland 27–17 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 1,638

Round 8[edit]

30 November 2007
18:30
Connacht Ireland 10–6 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,145
30 November 2007
19:30
Munster Ireland 3–10 Ireland Leinster
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,300
30 November 2007
19:30
Ulster Ireland 14–20 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,750

Round 9[edit]

26 December 2007
14:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 11–6 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 12,532
26 December 2007
15:00
Leinster Ireland 29–0 Ireland Ulster
Report
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 18,230
27 December 2007
19:30
Munster Ireland 17–0 Ireland Connacht
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 6,125
27 December 2007
19:35
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 17–12 Wales Ospreys
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 10,739
28 December 2007
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 35–31 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 6,225

Welsh Round 3[edit]

  • All-Welsh Round 8 matches rescheduled to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
31 December 2007
14:05
Ospreys Wales 22–3 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 16,509
1 January 2008
16:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 15–13 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 6,782

Round 10[edit]

4 January 2008
18:30
Connacht Ireland 20–18 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,681
4 January 2008
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 10–11 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,125
4 January 2008
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 16–18 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 1,798
5 January 2008
19:30
Leinster Ireland 26–15 Wales Ospreys
Report
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 13,385

Round 11[edit]

15 February 2008
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 30–7 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,190
15 February 2008
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 7–11 Ireland Munster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 4,100
15 February 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 38–13 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,246
16 February 2008
17:30
Ospreys Wales 37–7 Ireland Connacht
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,396
16 February 2008
19:30
Leinster Ireland 24–17 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 14,322

Round 12[edit]

29 February 2008
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 10–10 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,734
29 February 2008
19:30
Connacht Ireland 10–16 Ireland Leinster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 3,851
29 February 2008
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 9–6 Wales Ospreys
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,058
29 February 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 20–8 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,869
1 March 2008
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 25–22 Ireland Munster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 11,269

Round 13[edit]

21 March 2008
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 35–17 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 8,045
21 March 2008
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 38–8 Ireland Connacht
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,506
21 March 2008
19:30
Leinster Ireland 34–18 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 11,730
22 March 2008
19:30
Munster Ireland 42–6 Ireland Ulster
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 7,500

Round 14[edit]

28 March 2008
19:10
Ospreys Wales 32–7 Ireland Ulster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 9,087
28 March 2008
19:30
Connacht Ireland 5–16 Ireland Munster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 5,368
28 March 2008
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 0–20 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,395
29 March 2008
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 10–24 Ireland Leinster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 7,407
30 March 2008
16:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 14–20 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,949

Round 15[edit]

11 April 2008
18:30
Ulster Ireland 18–6 Ireland Connacht
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,248
11 April 2008
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 35–26 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 10,216
11 April 2008
20:00
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 23–14 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 4,731
12 April 2008
18:30
Leinster Ireland 21–12 Ireland Munster
Report
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 18,500

Round 16[edit]

18 April 2008
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 11–13 Ireland Connacht
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,748
18 April 2008
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 15–13 Ireland Leinster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,138
18 April 2008
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 25–23 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,012
19 April 2008
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 30–17 Ireland Ulster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,500
19 April 2008
19:30
Munster Ireland 9–8 Wales Ospreys
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 7,500

Rearranged fixtures[edit]

25 April 2008
19:35
Ospreys Wales 16–3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 9,166
  • Round 10 match postponed from 4 January because of adverse weather conditions at Ravenhill.
30 April 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 19–9 Ireland Munster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 12,300

Round 17[edit]

2 May 2008
18:30
Connacht Ireland 11–39 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,463
2 May 2008
19:10
Ospreys Wales 18–19 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,625
3 May 2008
14:45
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 23–24 Ireland Munster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 7,020
3 May 2008
15:00
Ulster Ireland 24–35 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 6,592
3 May 2008
18:00
Leinster Ireland 41–8 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 17,260

Rearranged fixture[edit]

  • Round 15 match postponed from 12 April because of the Ospreys' participation in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final.
6 May 2008
19:35
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 18–10 Wales Ospreys
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 6,308

Round 18[edit]

9 May 2008
18:30
Connacht Ireland 24–20 Wales Ospreys
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,463
9 May 2008
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 31–26 Ireland Leinster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,112
9 May 2008
19:30
Ulster Ireland 17–26 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,672
10 May 2008
17:00
Munster Ireland 18–21 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 5,360
10 May 2008
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 12–29 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 7,338

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 will continue to cover Celtic League until the end of the 2009–10 season.[4]

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. ^ "Scottish union axes Borders team". BBC. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "BBC extends Welsh rugby contract". BBC. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2013.