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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.

2009–10 Celtic League
CountriesIreland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Date4 September 2009 – 29 May 2010
ChampionsWales Ospreys (3rd title)
Runners-upIreland Leinster
Matches played93
Attendance818,181
(average 8,798 per match)
Tries scored333
(average 3.6 per match)
Top point scorerDan Parks (Glasgow)
(216 points)[1]
Top try scorerTim Visser (Edinburgh)
(10 tries)[2]
Official website
www.rabodirectpro12.com

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]

TeamsEdit

TableEdit

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

Round 1Edit

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

Round 2Edit

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

Round 3Edit

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

Round 4Edit

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

Round 5Edit

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

Round 6Edit

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

Round 7Edit

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

Round 8Edit

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

Round 9Edit

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

Round 10Edit

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

Round 11Edit

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

Round 12Edit

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

Round 13Edit

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

Rearranged fixturesEdit

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

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

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

Round 14Edit

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

Round 15Edit

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

Rearranged fixtureEdit

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

Round 16Edit

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

Rearranged fixtureEdit

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

Round 17Edit

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

Round 18Edit

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

PlayoffsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

14 May 2010
19:05
Ospreys   20 – 5   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   16 – 6   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 FinalEdit

29 May 2010
18:30
Leinster   12 – 17   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 scorersEdit

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.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Although Murrayfield's full capacity is 67,144, only the lower section of the West Stand, with a capacity of 12,464, is generally opened for Edinburgh fixtures.

ReferencesEdit

  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 linksEdit