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The 2019 Pro14 Grand Final was the final match of the 2018–19 Pro14 season. The 2018–19 season is the fifth with Guinness as the title sponsor, the tenth with a Grand Final and the second season with 14 teams, following the admission of two South African teams. The final was played between Glasgow Warriors and Leinster and was played at the 60,000 seater, Celtic Park in Glasgow, home to Scottish football giants and former European Cup winners Celtic.[1][2][3] Leinster won the game 18–15 to retain the title.[4][5]

2019 Pro14 Grand Final
Event2018–19 Pro14
Date25 May 2019
VenueCeltic Park, Glasgow
Man of the MatchIreland Cian Healy
RefereeNigel Owens (WRU)
Attendance47,128
WeatherRaining
2018
2020

Contents

Route to the finalEdit

The top side from each of the two conferences are given a bye to the semi-finals and have home advantage. Teams placed second and third in opposite conferences meet in the two quarter-finals to determine the other two semi-finalists with the teams ranked second having home advantage.

The play-offs are scheduled in the four weeks after the regular season has been completed.

Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Pro14 Final
                   
        Glasgow Warriors (A1) 50  
  Ulster (B2) 21       Ulster (B2) 20  
  Connacht (A3) 13         Glasgow Warriors 15
      Leinster 18
        Leinster (B1) 24
  Munster (A2) 15       Munster (A2) 9  
  Benetton (B3) 13  

Quarter-finalsEdit

4 May 2019
15:00
Munster   15–13   Benetton
Pen: Bleyendaal (2/2) 22', 43'
Hanrahan (3/3) 62', 65', 76'
Report Try: Ratuva Tavuyara 39' c
Con: Allan (1/1) 40'
Pen: Allan (2/2) 25', 59'
Thomond Park
Attendance: 10,042
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
4 May 2019
17:35
Ulster   21–13   Connacht
Try: Timoney 14' m
Coetzee 77' c
Con: Burns (1/1) 78'
Pen: Cooney (3/3) 4', 40', 61'
Report Try: Aki 54' c
Con: J. Carty (1/1) 55'
Pen: J. Carty (2/3) 29', 67'
Kingspan Stadium
Attendance: 15,215
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)

Semi-finalsEdit

17 May 2019
19:35
Glasgow Warriors   50–20   Ulster
Try: Seymour (2) 2' c, 54' m
Price 16' c
Harley 38' c
Steyn 58' c
P. Horne 67' c
G. Horne 75' c
Con: Hastings (6/7) 3', 18', 39', 58', 68', 76'
Pen: Hastings (1/1) 28'
Report Try: Coetzee 60' m
Herring 71' c
Lowry 79' m
Con: Burns (1/3) 71'
Pen: Cooney (1/1) 30'
Scotstoun Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)
18 May 2019
14:30
Leinster   24–9   Munster
Try: Cronin 54' c
Lowe 79' m
Con: R. Byrne (1/1) 55'
Pen: R. Byrne (4/4) 2', 34', 40'+6, 45'
Report Pen: Carbery (3/3) 5', 24', 50'
RDS Arena
Attendance: 18,977
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)

Pre-matchEdit

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen caused a media stir ahead of the final when he commented that all the Glasgow Warriors players were Rangers fans, and that Leinster would get support from Celtic fans as they (Leinster) were an Irish team. Some quarters reacted angrily to Cullen's comments, as they were seen as being provocative and sectarian, given the Catholic–Protestant history between Rangers and Celtic. Cullen appeared to make the remarks jokingly, but nonetheless he apologised for any offence given in a press conference held the day before the final.[6]

FinalEdit

SummaryEdit

DetailsEdit

25 May 2019
18:30 BST UTC+1
Glasgow Warriors 15–18 Leinster
Try: M. Fagerson 13' c
Stewart 74' m
Con: Hastings (1/2) 14'
Pen: Hastings (1/1) 22'
Report Try: Ringrose 15' m
Healy 27' c
Con: Sexton (1/2) 29'
Pen: Sexton (2/3) 35', 51'
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 47,128
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Glasgow Warriors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leinster
FB 15   Stuart Hogg   65'
RW 14   Tommy Seymour
OC 13   Kyle Steyn   49' to 59'
IC 12   Sam Johnson   55'
LW 11   D. T. H. van der Merwe
FH 10   Adam Hastings
SH 9   Ali Price   57'
N8 8   Matt Fagerson
OF 7   Callum Gibbins (c)   78'
BF 6   Rob Harley   51'
RL 5   Jonny Gray
LL 4   Scott Cummings
TP 3   Zander Fagerson   66'
HK 2   Fraser Brown   25'
LP 1   Jamie Bhatti   51'
Substitutions:
HK 16   Grant Stewart   25'
PR 17   Oli Kebble   51'
PR 18   Siua Halanukonuka   66'
FL 19   Ryan Wilson   51'
FL 20   Tom Gordon   78'
SH 21   George Horne   57'
CE 22   Peter Horne   55'
CE 23   Huw Jones   65'
Coach:
  Dave Rennie
FB 15   Rob Kearney   65' to 75'
RW 14   Jordan Larmour
OC 13   Garry Ringrose
IC 12   Robbie Henshaw
LW 11   James Lowe
FH 10   Jonathan Sexton (c)   73'
SH 9   Luke McGrath   76'
N8 8   Jack Conan
OF 7   Josh van der Flier   73'
BF 6   Rhys Ruddock   78'
RL 5   James Ryan
LL 4   Scott Fardy
TP 3   Tadhg Furlong   63'
HK 2   Seán Cronin   63'
LP 1   Cian Healy   62'
Substitutions:
HK 16   Bryan Byrne   63'
PR 17   Ed Byrne   62'
PR 18   Andrew Porter   63'
LK 19   Ross Molony   78'
FL 20   Max Deegan   73'
SH 21   Nick McCarthy   76'
CE 22   Ross Byrne   73'
WG 23   Rory O'Loughlin
Coach:
  Leo Cullen

Man of the Match:
  Cian Healy

Touch judges:
Mike Adamson (SRU)
John Lacey (IRFU)
Television Match Official:
Ian Davies (WRU)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Glasgow Warriors 50-20 Ulster". BBC Sport. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Leinster 24-9 Munster". BBC Sport. 18 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Pro14: Celtic Park to stage 2018-19 final". BBC Sport. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Leinster ruin Stuart Hogg's farewell to claim Pro14 title against Glasgow". The Guardian. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Glasgow Warriors 15-18 Leinster: Holders win Pro14 final at Celtic Park". BBC Sport. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  6. ^ "'For any individuals that I did offend, I apologise to them' - Cullen". The42. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.