2010 Celtic League Grand Final

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2009-10 Celtic League Grand Final
Event 2009–10 Celtic League
Date 29 May 2010
Venue RDS Arena, Dublin
Man of the Match Lee Byrne
Referee Chris White (RFU)
Attendance 19,850
Weather Dry
← None
2011

The 2009-10 Celtic League Grand Final was the final match of the 2009–10 Celtic League season. The 2009-10 season was the fourth sponsored by Magners and was the first ever Celtic League Grand Final.[1] The final was won by the Ospreys who defeated Leinster by 17-12 at the RDS Arena to win their third Celtic League title, the win ended Leinster's 20-month unbeaten home league record.[2][3][4]

Route to the final[edit]

2009-10 Final Table[edit]

Key to colours
     Top four teams advance to playoffs.
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

2010 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

Match[edit]

Summary[edit]

First half tries from Tommy Bowe after twenty minutes and Lee Byrne after thirty five minutes which were both converted put the Ospreys 3-14 up at half time, with the Leinster score coming from a Jonathan Sexton penalty after twenty three minutes. A further penalty from Sexton brought the score to 6-14 before Dan Biggar kicked over a penalty for the Ospreys after forty eight minutes. Two more penalties from Sexton in the sixty second and seventy first minutes made the score 12-17, but that was enough for the Ospreys to hold and become the first side to win the title for the third time.

Details[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: 19,850
Referee: Chris White
15 Ron Kearney
14 Shane Horgan
13 Brian O'Driscoll
12 Gordon D'Arcy
11 Isa Nacewa
10 Jonathan Sexton
9 Eoin Reddan
8 Jamie Heaslip
7 Shane Jennings (c)
6 Kevin McLaughlin
5 Malcolm O'Kelly
4 Nathan Hines
3 CJ van der Linde
2 John Fogarty
1 Stan Wright
Replacements:
16 Richardt Strauss
17 Cian Healy
18 Trevor Hogan
19 Stephen Keogh
20 Paul O'Donohoe
21 Fergus McFadden
22 Girvan Dempsey
Coach:
Michael Ceika
15 Lee Byrne
14 Tommy Bowe
13 Andrew Bishop
12 James Hook
11 Shane Williams
10 Dan Biggar
9 Mike Phillips
8 Ryan Jones (c)
7 Marty Holah
6 Jerry Collins
5 Jonathan Thomas
4 Alun Wyn Jones
3 Adam Rhys Jones
2 Huw Bennett
1 Paul James
Replacements:
16 Ed Shervington
17 Ryan Bevington
18 Ian Gough
19 Filo Tiatia
20 Jamie Nutbrown
21 Gareth Owen
22 Nikki Walker
Coach:
Scott Johnson

Reaction[edit]

Ospreys head coach Sean Holley reacted to the win saying "it's a special night, I wouldn't say it was our best performance, but certainly one of our most courageous and determined." "Leinster are pretty outstanding in defence, and it's the end of a long, hard season, I'm not that surprised (we cut through them), because we have some great talent." Departing Leinster coach Michael Cheika reacted to the loss by saying "Ospreys deserved the win but we're disappointed with ourselves. We didn't play well, we tried to fight our way back into the game, but we made too many mistakes. We probably just weren't accurate in the defensive section or where we needed to be in the team."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ospreys swoop for Magners crown to lift Welsh spirits". The Guardian (London). 30 May 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Petrie, Richard (2010-05-29). "Leinster 12–17 Ospreys". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  3. ^ "As It Happened: Leinster 12-17 Ospreys". RTÉ Sport. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Leinster 12 Ospreys 17: match report". Daily Telegraph. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Holley savours "special" night". ESPN Scrum. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 

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