2009–10 Celtic League

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2009–10 Celtic League
Countries Ireland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Date 4 September 2009 – 29 May 2010
Champions Wales Ospreys (3rd title)
Runners-up Ireland Leinster
Matches played 93
Attendance 818,181
(average 8,798 per match)
Tries scored 333
(average 3.581 per match)
Top point scorer Dan Parks (Glasgow)
(216 points)[1]
Top try scorer Tim Visser (Edinburgh)
(10 tries)[2]
Official website
www.rabodirectpro12.com

The 2009–10 Celtic League (known as the 2009–10 Magners League for sponsorship reasons) was the ninth season of the league now known as Pro12 and the fourth with Magners as title sponsor. The season began in September 2009 and ended with the Grand Final on 29 May 2010. Ten teams played each other on a home-and-away basis, with teams earning four points for a win, two points for a draw 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 ten teams competing 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.

This season saw the introduction of a play-off structure similar to the English Premiership in order to determine the overall winner.[3][4] The Ospreys won the final, defeating Leinster 17–12 in Dublin.[5]

Teams[edit]

Team Coach Captain Stadium Capacity
Wales Cardiff Blues Wales Dai Young New Zealand Paul Tito Cardiff City Stadium 26,828
Ireland Connacht Ireland Michael Bradley Ireland John Muldoon Galway Sportsgrounds 7,000
Scotland Edinburgh Scotland Rob Moffat Scotland Mike Blair Murrayfield Stadium 12,464[a]
Scotland Glasgow Warriors Scotland Sean Lineen Scotland Alastair Kellock Firhill Stadium 10,887
Ireland Leinster Australia Michael Cheika Ireland Leo Cullen RDS Arena 18,500
Ireland Munster Australia Tony McGahan Ireland Paul O'Connell Thomond Park
Musgrave Park
26,500
8,300
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons Wales Paul Turner New Zealand Tom Willis Rodney Parade 11,700
Wales Ospreys Australia Scott Johnson Wales Ryan Jones Liberty Stadium 20,520
Wales Scarlets Wales Nigel Davies Wales Mark Jones Parc y Scarlets 14,870
Ireland Ulster Ireland Brian McLaughlin Ireland Rory Best Ravenhill 12,125

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Pts
1 Ireland Leinster 18 13 0 5 359 295 +64 27 29 1 2 55
2 Wales Ospreys 18 11 1 6 384 298 +86 37 26 3 3 52
3 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 18 11 2 5 390 321 +69 31 24 2 1 51
4 Ireland Munster 18 9 0 9 319 282 +37 33 20 3 6 45
5 Wales Cardiff Blues 18 10 0 8 349 315 +34 33 28 2 2 44
6 Scotland Edinburgh 18 8 0 10 385 391 −6 40 40 4 5 41
7 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 18 8 1 9 333 378 −45 32 37 3 2 39
8 Ireland Ulster 18 7 1 10 357 370 −13 39 35 4 2 36
9 Wales Scarlets 18 5 0 13 361 382 −21 35 35 1 8 29
10 Ireland Connacht 18 5 1 12 254 459 −205 20 53 0 4 26

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)
Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places.
Source: RaboDirect PRO12

Regular season results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

4 September 2009
19:00
Connacht Ireland 12 – 19 Wales Ospreys
Report
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 1,982
Referee: Graham Knox
4 September 2009
19:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 21 – 22 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 8,124
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
4 September 2009
20:00
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 22 – 9 Ireland Munster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 3,694
Referee: James Jones
5 September 2009
18:30
Scarlets Wales 18 – 16 Ireland Leinster
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,075
Referee: Neil Paterson
6 September 2009
14:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 23 – 6 Ireland Ulster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,561
Referee: Carlo Damasco

Round 2[edit]

11 September 2009
19:05
Munster Ireland 24 – 13 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 19,752
Referee: Peter Allan
11 September 2009
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 62 – 13 Ireland Connacht
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,042
Referee: James Jones
12 September 2009
18:30
Ospreys Wales 16 – 20 Ireland Ulster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,072
Referee: Alan Lewis
12 September 2009
19:00
Leinster Ireland 23 – 14 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 15,145
Referee: Graham Knox
13 September 2009
17:05
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 19 – 11 Wales Scarlets
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,582
Referee: John Lacey

Round 3[edit]

18 September 2009
19:00
Connacht Ireland 18 – 16 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 1,425
Referee: Neil Paterson
18 September 2009
19:05
Ospreys Wales 11 – 18 Ireland Leinster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,182
Referee: Peter Allan
18 September 2009
19:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 30 – 19 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,219
Referee: Dudley Phillips
18 September 2009
20:00
Ulster Ireland 13 – 16 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,899
Referee: Nigel Owens
19 September 2009
18:30
Scarlets Wales 20 – 22 Ireland Munster
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,313
Referee: Alain Rolland

Round 4[edit]

25 September 2009
19:05
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 16 – 26 Wales Ospreys
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 3,108
Referee: Simon McDowell
25 September 2009
20:00
Connacht Ireland 6 – 30 Ireland Ulster
Report
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 2,435
Referee: George Clancy
26 September 2009
18:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 19 – 15 Wales Scarlets
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 12,198
Referee: Andrew Small
26 September 2009
18:30
Edinburgh Scotland 19 – 21 Ireland Leinster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 5,761
Referee: Tim Hayes
27 September 2009
17:05
Munster Ireland 27 – 3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Musgrave Park, Cork
Attendance: 8,685
Referee: Neil Paterson

Round 5[edit]

2 October 2009
19:05
Ulster Ireland 45 – 24 Wales Scarlets
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,141
Referee: Peter Allan
3 October 2009
16:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 23 – 10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,331
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
3 October 2009
18:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 5 – 21 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 9,185
Referee: George Clancy
3 October 2009
18:30
Leinster Ireland 30 – 0 Ireland Munster
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 18,500
Referee: Simon McDowell
4 October 2009
16:00
Ospreys Wales 31 – 10 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,033
Referee: John Lacey

Round 6[edit]

23 October 2009
19:05
Scarlets Wales 18 – 3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,464
Referee: Peter Allan
23 October 2009
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 34 – 20 Ireland Connacht
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,887
Referee: Tim Hayes
23 October 2009
20:00
Edinburgh Scotland 12 – 7 Ireland Munster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 5,426
Referee: Gwyn Morris
24 October 2009
18:00
Ulster Ireland 16 – 14 Ireland Leinster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 11,523
Referee: Andrew Small
24 October 2009
18:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 20 – 12 Wales Ospreys
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 16,341
Referee: Nigel Owens

Round 7[edit]

30 October 2009
18:30
Connacht Ireland 16 – 10 Wales Scarlets
Report
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 1,756
Referee: Graham Knox
30 October 2009
19:05
Ospreys Wales 9 – 9 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,661
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
31 October 2009
17:00
Munster Ireland 24 – 10 Ireland Ulster
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 23,298
Referee: Alain Rolland
31 October 2009
18:30
Leinster Ireland 23 – 6 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 15,910
Referee: James Jones
1 November 2009
17:05
Edinburgh Scotland 8 – 9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,066
Referee: Alan Lewis

Round 8[edit]

4 December 2009
19:05
Scarlets Wales 16 – 17 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 5,540
Referee: Carlo Damasco
4 December 2009
20:00
Ulster Ireland 13 – 25 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,761
Referee: James Jones
5 December 2009
18:30
Ospreys Wales 19 – 14 Ireland Munster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 8,077
Referee: Neil Paterson
6 December 2009
15:00
Cardiff Blues Wales 21 – 9 Ireland Connacht
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 7,105
Referee: Andy Macpherson
6 December 2009
17:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 30 – 14 Ireland Leinster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,437
Referee: Simon McDowell

Round 9[edit]

26 December 2009
14:05
Scarlets Wales 14 – 21 Wales Ospreys
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 14,739
Referee: Nigel Owens
26 December 2009
17:30
Leinster Ireland 15 – 3 Ireland Ulster
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 18,140
Referee: George Clancy
26 December 2009
19:30
Munster Ireland 35 – 3 Ireland Connacht
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 25,291
Referee: Alain Rolland
27 December 2009
15:05
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 25 – 12 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 8,830
Referee: Neil Paterson
27 December 2009
18:00
Cardiff Blues Wales 42 – 13 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 15,210
Referee: James Jones

Round 10[edit]

31 December 2009
14:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 9 – 14 Wales Scarlets
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 6,429
Referee: Nigel Owens
1 January 2010
17:15
Ospreys Wales 26 – 0 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 14,476
Referee: James Jones
2 January 2010
15:05
Edinburgh Scotland 15 – 22 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 11,785
Referee: Peter Allan
2 January 2010
16:00
Connacht Ireland P – P Ireland Leinster
Sportsgrounds
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
2 January 2010
18:00
Ulster Ireland 15 – 10 Ireland Munster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 11,800
Referee: Dudley Phillips

Round 11[edit]

8 January 2010
18:30
Connacht Ireland P – P Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Sportsgrounds
Referee: Andy Macpherson
8 January 2010
19:05
Ulster Ireland P – P Wales Ospreys
Ravenhill
Referee: Nigel Owens
8 January 2010
20:00
Leinster Ireland P – P Scotland Glasgow Warriors
RDS Arena
Referee: James Jones
9 January 2010
18:30
Edinburgh Scotland 21 – 12 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 1,569
Referee: John Lacey
10 January 2010
17:00
Munster Ireland P – P Wales Scarlets
Musgrave Park
Referee: Neil Paterson

Round 12[edit]

19 February 2010
19:05
Ulster Ireland 22 – 22 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,909
Referee: Peter Allan
19 February 2010
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 7 – 30 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,754
Referee: Dudley Phillips
19 February 2010
20:00
Munster Ireland 19 – 12 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Tim Hayes
20 February 2010
18:30
Leinster Ireland 27 – 14 Wales Scarlets
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 13,890
Referee: Andy Macpherson
21 February 2010
17:00
Ospreys Wales 19 – 17 Ireland Connacht
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,053
Referee: Neil Patterson

Round 13[edit]

5 March 2010
19:05
Scarlets Wales 25 – 8 Ireland Ulster
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,266
Referee: Peter Allan
5 March 2010
20:00
Connacht Ireland 19 – 19 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 1,412
Referee: James Jones
6 March 2010
18:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 31 – 22 Ireland Munster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 6,137
Referee: Dudley Phillips
7 March 2010
14:00
Edinburgh Scotland 33 – 17 Wales Ospreys
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,329
Referee: George Clancy
7 March 2010
16:00
Cardiff Blues Wales 20 – 29 Ireland Leinster
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 9,384
Referee: Andy McPherson

Rearranged fixtures[edit]

17 March 2010
18:30
Connacht Ireland 16 – 3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 1,485
Referee: Andy Macpherson

18 March 2010
19:30
Leinster Ireland 20 – 14 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 11,840
Referee: Nigel Owens

18 March 2010
19:10
Munster Ireland 23 – 17 Wales Scarlets
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,200
Referee: Neil Paterson
19 March 2010
18:10
Ulster Ireland P – P Wales Ospreys
Ravenhill

Round 14[edit]

26 March 2010
19:05
Cardiff Blues Wales 19 – 9 Ireland Ulster
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 7,532
Referee: Neil Patterson
26 March 2010
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 24 – 20 Wales Scarlets
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,762
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
26 March 2010
20:00
Munster Ireland 27 – 19 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 23,814
Referee: James Jones
27 March 2010
16:30
Leinster Ireland 17 – 14 Ireland Connacht
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 13,835
Referee: Jérôme Garces
27 March 2010
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 28 – 20 Wales Ospreys
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 7,121
Referee: Nigel Owens

Round 15[edit]

2 April 2010
18:00
Connacht Ireland 22 – 21 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 1,460
Referee: Leighton Hodges
2 April 2010
19:05
Ospreys Wales 27 – 19 Wales Scarlets
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 13,913
Referee: Christophe Berdos
2 April 2010
20:05
Munster Ireland 15 – 16 Ireland Leinster
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 25,623
Referee: Romain Poite
3 April 2010
19:30
Ulster Ireland 24 – 33 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,334
Referee: Andy Macpherson
4 April 2010
15:05
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 27 – 19 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,621
Referee: Alan Lewis

Rearranged fixture[edit]

13 April 2010
19:30
Ulster Ireland 27 – 38 Wales Ospreys
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,649
Referee: Neil Paterson

Round 16[edit]

16 April 2010
19:05
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 25 – 18 Ireland Ulster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 3,766
Referee: Tim Hayes
16 April 2010
19:05
Leinster Ireland 20 – 16 Wales Ospreys
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 15,836
Referee: Peter Allan
17 April 2010
18:30
Scarlets Wales 16 – 39 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 10,171
Referee: Nigel Owens
18 April 2010
17:05
Connacht Ireland 12 – 18 Ireland Munster
Report
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 4,125
Referee: Alain Rolland
18 April 2010
17:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 49 – 28 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 7,142
Referee: James Jones

Rearranged fixture[edit]

21 April 2010
19:45
Connacht Ireland 27 – 13 Ireland Leinster
Report
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 3,250
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

Round 17[edit]

23 April 2010
19:05
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 14 – 20 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 8,108
Referee: Peter Allan
23 April 2010
20:00
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 30 – 6 Ireland Leinster
Report
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 4,638
Referee: James Jones
24 April 2010
18:30
Munster Ireland 11 – 15 Wales Ospreys
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 24,112
Referee: Neil Paterson
25 April 2010
14:05
Scarlets Wales 58 – 10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 5,023
Referee: Andy Macpherson
25 April 2010
16:05
Edinburgh Scotland 25 – 37 Ireland Ulster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,759
Referee: Nigel Owens

Round 18[edit]

7 May 2010
19:05
Ospreys Wales 42 – 10 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 8,004
Referee: Nigel Owens
7 May 2010
19:05
Scarlets Wales 32 – 37 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 5,630
Referee: James Jones
7 May 2010
19:30
Ulster Ireland 41 – 10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,755
Referee: Dudley Phillips
9 May 2010
18:15
Cardiff Blues Wales 13 – 12 Ireland Munster
Report
Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 12,602
Referee: Peter Allan
9 May 2010
18:15
Leinster Ireland 37 – 28 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 11,836
Referee: James Jones

Playoffs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

14 May 2010
19:05
Ospreys Wales 20 – 5 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Try: Williams 9' c
Hook 54' c
Con: Biggar (2/2)
Pen: Biggar (2) 51', 79'
Report Try: Thomson 42' m
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,079
Referee: George Clancy
15 May 2010
20:00
Leinster Ireland 16 – 6 Ireland Munster
Try: Kearney 44' c
Con: Sexton
Pen: Sexton (3) 18', 50', 58'
Report Pen: O'Gara 29'
Drop: O'Gara 41'
RDS Arena
Attendance: 19,750
Referee: Nigel Owens

Grand Final[edit]

29 May 2010
18:30
Leinster Ireland 12 – 17 Wales Ospreys
Pen: Sexton (4) 23', 45', 62' ,71'
Report Try: Bowe 20' c
Byrne 35' c
Con: Biggar (2/2)
Pen: Biggar 48'
RDS Arena
Attendance: 19,500
Referee: Chris White

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.

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 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Leading Try-Scorers". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Webb, Nick (19 May 2009). "Leinster coach eyes Welsh revival". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Magners set to bring in play-offs". BBC Sport. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Petrie, Richard (29 May 2010). "Leinster 12–17 Ospreys". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 

External links[edit]