2018–19 Pro14

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2018–19 Pro14
CountriesIreland Ireland
Italy Italy
Scotland Scotland
South Africa South Africa
Wales Wales
Date31 August 2018 – 25 May 2019
Matches played56
Attendance408,001
(average 7,286 per match)
Highest attendance50,120
Leinster v Munster (6 October 2018)
Lowest attendance1,142
Kings v Leinster (4 November 2018)
Tries scored336
(average 6 per match)
Top point scorerSam Davies (Ospreys)
(59 points)
Top try scorerGeorge North (Ospreys)
(4 tries)
Official website
www.pro14rugby.org

The 2018–19 Pro14 (also known as the Guinness Pro14 for sponsorship reasons) is the eighteenth season of the professional rugby union competition originally known as the Celtic League. It is the second season to be referred to as the Pro14 (the competition was named the Pro12 immediately prior to the addition of two South African teams).[1][2]

Fourteen teams are competing in this season — four Irish teams: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster; two Italian teams: Benetton and Zebre; two Scottish teams: Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors; two South African teams: Cheetahs and the Southern Kings; and four Welsh teams: Cardiff Blues, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets.

Leinster came into the new season as defending champions, having won the previous season's final at the Aviva Stadium to take their fifth title in the competition's various iterations and seal a domestic league and European Cup double, becoming only the sixth team to do so and the first from the Pro14.[3]

Teams[edit]

Location of 2018–19 Pro14 teams in Great Britain and Ireland.
Location of 2018–19 Pro14 teams in Italy
Location of 2018–19 Pro14 teams in South Africa
Yellow pog.svg Conference A; Blue pog.svg Conference B.
Team Coach /
Director of Rugby
Captain Stadium/s Capacity
Italy Benetton New Zealand Kieran Crowley Italy Dean Budd Stadio Comunale di Monigo 6,700
Wales Cardiff Blues Australia John Mulvihill Wales Ellis Jenkins Cardiff Arms Park 12,125
South Africa Cheetahs South Africa Franco Smith South Africa Oupa Mohojé Free State Stadium 48,000
Ireland Connacht Australia Andy Friend Australia Jarrad Butler Galway Sportsgrounds 8,100
Wales Dragons Ireland Bernard Jackman Wales Cory Hill Rodney Parade 8,700
Scotland Edinburgh England Richard Cockerill Scotland Stuart McInally BT Murrayfield Stadium 67,144[a]
Scotland Glasgow Warriors New Zealand Dave Rennie New Zealand Callum Gibbins
Scotland Ryan Wilson
Scotstoun Stadium 7,351
Ireland Leinster Ireland Leo Cullen Ireland Jonathan Sexton RDS Arena
Aviva Stadium
18,500
51,700
Ireland Munster South Africa Johann van Graan Ireland Peter O'Mahony Thomond Park
Irish Independent Park
25,600
8,008
Wales Ospreys Ireland Allen Clarke Wales Justin Tipuric Brewery Field
Liberty Stadium
8,000[b]
20,827
Wales Scarlets New Zealand Wayne Pivac Wales Ken Owens Parc y Scarlets 14,870
South Africa Southern Kings South Africa Deon Davids South Africa Mike Willemse Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
NMU Stadium
48,459
15,000
Ireland Ulster England Dan McFarland Ireland Rory Best Kingspan Stadium 18,196
Italy Zebre Ireland Michael Bradley Italy Tommaso Castello Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi 5,000

Format[edit]

League Stage

The fourteen teams will be split into two conferences of seven teams, with each conference featuring two teams from Ireland and Wales plus one team from Italy, Scotland and South Africa.[5] The regular season will be made up of 21 rounds –

  • 6 home and 6 away games against each team in their own conference
  • 7 games, either home or away, against the teams in the other conference
  • 2 additional regional derbies[6][7]
    • Each Irish team will play the two Irish teams in the other conference, one at home and one away
    • Each Welsh team will play the two Welsh teams in the other conference, one at home and one away
    • Each Italian team will play the Italian team in the other conference twice, home and away
    • Each Scottish team will play the Scottish team in the other conference twice, home and away
    • Each South African team will play the South African team in the other conference twice, home and away

To ensure a competitive balance, the teams are distributed evenly between the conferences based upon their union ranking from the season before.[8]

League Play-Offs

The first-placed team in each conference are given a bye to the semi-finals with the second and third placed teams in each conference meeting in two quarter-finals for the two remaining semi-final places.[9]

Qualification For Champions Cup

The South African teams cannot compete in the European Rugby Champions Cup. The top three eligible European teams in each conference automatically qualified for following year's Champions Cup. The fourth ranked eligible team in each conference met in a play-off match with the winner taking the seventh Champions Cup place.

Team changes[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Connacht will come into the new season with a new head coach, after removing Kieran Keane from his position one year into a three-year deal.[10][11] Former Australia sevens coach Andy Friend was named as his replacement in May 2018, joining on a three-year contract.[12] The team will also have a new captain for the season, following the retirement of John Muldoon, record-holder for appearances both for Connacht and in the league.[13] In August 2018, Jarrad Butler was named as his replacement.[14]

Like Connacht, Leinster will have a new captain for the season. Isa Nacewa retired at the end of the 2017–18 season, after leading the province to an unprecedented Pro14-Champions Cup double.[15][16] The team's all-time leading scorer Jonathan Sexton was named as captain in August 2018, with Rhys Ruddock as his vice-captain.[17] The team will also have a new backs coach following the departure of Girvan Dempsey, who signed with English Premiership side Bath in May 2018.[18] Former player Felipe Contepomi was announced as his replacement in June 2018. He joins from the Argentine Rugby Union where he had been serving both as part of the coaching staff of Super Rugby side, the Jaguares, and as head coach of Argentina XV, the country's second tier international side.[19]

Munster will play in the league without their all-time leading try scorer Simon Zebo. It was announced in October 2017 that he would leave the province at the end of the 2017–18 season.,[20] with French Top 14 side Racing 92 later being confirmed as his next club.[21]

Following the departure of Les Kiss as the provinces director of rugby in January 2018,[22] Ulster confirmed in March 2018 that then-head coach Jono Gibbes would leave the province at the end of the season.[23] In April 2018, the province announced that Scotland forwards coach Dan McFarland would be their new head coach, with the former Connacht and Glasgow assistant signing a three-year contract.[24] However the Scottish Rugby Union have insisted that McFarland must serve the nine-month notice period in his contract before joining Ulster, which would leave the province without a head coach until January 2019.[25] Also joining the coaching staff is long-serving squad member and Ireland international Jared Payne, who was forced to retire in May 2018 due to a head injury suffered on the 2017 Lions tour. The province announced that he would serve as their new defence coach.[26] Banbridge head coach Daniel Soper was confirmed as Ulster's skills coach in June 2018.[27] In July 2018, it was announced that Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby would work with the Ulster coaches on an interim basis ahead of McFarland's arrival.[28]

Italy[edit]

Having served as one of the team's co-captain's, Italy centre Tommaso Castello was named as the Zebre skipper for the season.[29] He had previously shared the captaincy with George Biagi.[30]

Scotland[edit]

After spending much of the previous two seasons playing in the 5,500-capacity Myreside Stadium, Edinburgh announced in February 2018 that they would be returning permanently to Murrayfield, their previous home.[31] Due to the stadium's larger size making it inappropriate for permanent use, the Scottish Rugby Union have announced plans to develop another, smaller ground with a capacity of 7,800 in the grounds of Murrayfield, on what are now training pitches.[32] It is estimated that the development will cost the Union in the region of £5 million.[33]

South Africa[edit]

The Cheetahs will have a new captain for the 2018–19 season. It was announced in March 2018 that incumbent captain Francois Venter would leave the team at the end of the season, joining English side Worcester Warriors.[34]

Wales[edit]

Cardiff Blues confirmed in September 2017 that then-head coach Danny Wilson would leave the club at the end of the 2017–18 season,[35] with John Mulvihill being announced as their new head coach on a three-year contract in March 2018.[36] Also departing the club is the team's most-capped player, Taufaʻao Filise. The Tongan international prop made his last appearance for the region in the final of the 2017–18 Challenge Cup, before retiring.[37] In July 2018, Ellis Jenkins was named as the new team captain, replacing previous season's skipper Gethin Jenkins. Both players are also part of a 10-man "leadership group" within the squad.[38]

The Ospreys will be coached in the new season by Allen Clarke. He had started the previous season as the team's forwards coach, before being promoted to head coach on an interim basis in January 2018 following the sacking of Steve Tandy. In April 2018, it was announced that Clarke would take the job on a permanent basis and had signed a three-year contract.[39] For the first time in eight seasons, the side will come into the campaign with a new captain, with Justin Tipuric replacing Alun Wyn Jones in the role.[40]

This will be Wayne Pivac's final season in charge of the Scarlets, as it was announced in July 2018 that he will succeed Warren Gatland as Wales head coach. Pivac will take up the role following the 2019 World Cup.[41]

Table[edit]

2018–19 Pro14 Table view · watch · edit · discuss
Conference A
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP PTS
1 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 7 5 0 2 221 144 +77 32 17 6 1 27
2 Wales Ospreys 7 5 0 2 164 131 +33 21 16 2 1 23
3 Ireland Munster 7 4 0 3 221 136 +85 31 16 3 0 19
4 Wales Cardiff Blues 7 3 0 4 175 156 +19 19 21 2 3 17
5 Ireland Connacht 7 3 0 4 143 134 +9 16 17 1 3 16
6 Italy Zebre 7 3 0 4 126 162 −36 16 18 3 0 15
7 South Africa Cheetahs 7 1 1 5 140 246 −106 20 33 2 1 9
Conference B
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP PTS
1 Ireland Leinster 7 6 0 1 218 100 +118 29 11 4 1 29
2 Wales Scarlets 7 5 0 2 209 163 +46 27 19 3 1 24
3 Ireland Ulster 7 4 1 2 170 192 –22 19 23 2 1 21
4 Scotland Edinburgh 7 3 0 4 150 173 −23 15 23 2 2 16
5 Italy Benetton 7 3 0 4 148 174 -26 20 22 3 1 16
6 Wales Dragons 7 2 0 5 116 188 −72 13 28 0 1 9
7 South Africa Southern Kings 7 1 0 6 136 238 −102 18 32 3 2 9
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order -[42]
  1. number of matches won
  2. the difference between points for and points against
  3. the number of tries scored
  4. the most points scored
  5. the difference between tries for and tries against
  6. the fewest red cards received
  7. the fewest yellow cards received

Green background indicates teams that compete in the Pro14 play-offs, and also earn a place in the 2019–20 European Champions Cup
(excluding South African teams who are ineligible)

Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places that earn a place in the 2019–20 European Champions Cup
Yellow background indicates the fourth-ranked eligible teams in each conference that play-off against each other for the seventh place in the 2019–20 European Champions Cup
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2019–20 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
(CH) Champions. (RU) Runners-up. (SF) Losing semi-finalists. (QF) Losing quarter-finalists. (PO) Champions Cup play-off winners.

Match summary[edit]

2018–19 Pro14 match summary watch · edit · discuss
Home / Away Conference A Conference B
BLU CHE CON GLA MUN OSP ZEB BEN DRA EDI KIN LEI SCA ULS
Conference A BLU 24–21 Rd 14 Rd 15 37–13 Rd 21 Rd 8 Rd 11 Rd 17 32–33 Rd 18
CHE 21–10 Rd 10 24–52 Rd 8 Rd 19 Rd 14 Rd 9 Rd 20 2 Feb 39–39
Rd 21
CON Rd 20 Rd 15 26–27 Rd 13 Rd 17 32–13 Rd 18 Rd 8 3–20 33–20 Rd 12
GLA Rd 9 Rd 18 Rd 16 25–10 Rd 14 36–8 29–13 Rd 12 Rd 10 Rd 19
Rd 21
MUN Rd 19 38–0 Rd 21 25–24 49–13 Rd 18 Rd 10 Rd 15 Rd 12 64–7
OSP Rd 13 46–14 22–17 Rd 8 Rd 16 Rd 10 27–10 Rd 18 17–13 Rd 11 Rd 15
ZEB 26–24 Rd 13 Rd 19 Rd 17 Rd 9 8–22 Rd 11 34–16 32–16 Rd 15
Rd 21
Conference B BEN 27–25 Rd 13 Rd 20 Rd 12 Rd 16 Rd 17 28–5 3–31 Rd 15 Rd 8
DRA 15–23 Rd 14 Rd 12 16–5 17–21 Rd 9 27–22 Rd 10 Rd 21 Rd 17
EDI Rd 16 37–21 17–10 Rd 11 31–30 Rd 15 Rd 13 Rd 18 Rd 8 Rd 20
KIN 19 Jan Rd 9 38–28 Rd 20 Rd 10 Rd 19 Rd 14 Rd 8 34–41 7–28
LEI Rd 17 Rd 11 Rd 20 30–22 Rd 9 Rd 19 52–10 31–7 Rd 16 Rd 14 Rd 13
SCA Rd 12 Rd 16 Rd 17 20–17 Rd 20 38–29 Rd 13 Rd 19 54–14 23–21 Rd 9
ULS Rd 10 15–22 Rd 11 Rd 16 Rd 14 36–18 30–29 Rd 18 Rd 21 15–13

Conference Rounds 1 to 21[edit]

All times are local.

Round 1[edit]

31 August 2018
19:35
(2 BP) Cardiff Blues Wales 32–33 Ireland Leinster (1 BP)
Try: Lee-Lo (2) 10' m, 48' c
Harries (2) 37' c, 44' c
Con: Evans (3/4) 38', 46', 49'
Pen: Evans (2/2) 4', 70'
Report[43] Try: Tracy 26' m
B. Byrne (2) 52' m, 77' c
Gibson-Park 66' c
Con: R. Byrne (2/4) 67', 78'
Pen: R. Byrne (2/2) 21', 40'
McFadden (1/1) 32'
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 9,284
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
31 August 2018
19:35
Ospreys Wales 17–13 Scotland Edinburgh (1 BP)
Try: North (2) 58' c, 68' c
Con: S. Davies (2/2) 59', 69'
Pen: Price (1/2) 32'
Report[44] Try: Kinghorn 75' c
Con: Van der Walt (1/1) 76'
Pen: Hickey (2/2) 30', 54'
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,609
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)
31 August 2018
20:35
(1 BP) Zebre Italy 32–16 South Africa Southern Kings
Try: Fabiani 4' c
Bellini 36' c
Tuivaiti 54' c
Tauyavuca 79' m
Con: Canna (3/4) 5', 37', 56'
Pen: Canna (2/2) 14', 67'
Report[45] Try: Botha 15' c
Con: Banda (1/1) 16'
Pen: Banda (3/3) 49', 52', 59'
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)
1 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Connacht Ireland 26–27 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (1 BP)
Try: Kelleher 14' c
Bealham 21' c
Con: J. Carty (2/2) 16', 22'
Pen: J. Carty (4/5) 11', 34', 40', 42'
Report[46] Try: Seymour 1' m
Turner 17' c
Wilson 31' m
Ashe 64' c
Con: P. Horne (1/3) 18'
Hogg (1/1) 65'
Drop: Hogg (1/1) 73'
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 5,329
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
1 September 2018
17:15
(1 BP) Munster Ireland 38–0 South Africa Cheetahs
Try: R. Scannell 15' m
Kilcoyne 30' c
O'Donnell 52' m
Hanrahan 65' c
O'Callaghan 70' c
Sweetnam 72' c
Con: Hanrahan (4/6) 31', 66', 71', 73'
Report[47]
Thomond Park
Attendance: 12,265
Referee: Dan Jones (WRU)
1 September 2018
17:15
Ulster Ireland 15–13 Wales Scarlets (1 BP)
Pen: Cooney (5/7) 12', 16', 24', 58', 79'
Report[48] Try: Patchell 6' c
Con: Patchell (1/1) 7'
Pen: D. Jones (2/2) 54', 61'
Kingspan Stadium
Attendance: 11,882
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)
1 September 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Dragons Wales 17–21 Italy Benetton
Try: Howells 1' c
R. Williams 74' c
Con: Henson (1/1) 1'
Lewis (1/1) 74'
Pen: Henson (1/1) 44'
Report[49] Try: Zanni (2) 5' m, 55' m
Steyn 51' m
Pen: Allan (2/2) 28', 32'
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,613
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)

Round 2[edit]

7 September 2018
19:35
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 25–10 Ireland Munster
Try: Gibbins 22' m
Hogg 28' c
Ashe 36' c
Con: Hogg (2/2) 29', 36'
Pen: Horne (1/2) 14'
Hogg (1/1) 72'
Report[50] Try: Marshall 69' c
Con: Carbery (1/1) 70'
Pen: Hanrahan (1/1) 43'
Scotstoun Stadium
Attendance: 7,351
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
7 September 2018
19:35
Ulster Ireland 30–29 Scotland Edinburgh (1 BP)
Try: Addison 53' c
Cooney 60' c
Gilroy 67' c
Con: Cooney (3/3) 54', 62', 69'
Pen: Cooney (3/3) 20', 26', 81'
Report[51] Try: Brown 14' c
Johnstone 46' c
Con: Hickey (2/2) 15', 48'
Pen: Hickey (5/5) 3', 9', 22', 56', 79'
Kingspan Stadium
Attendance: 11,994
Referee: Stuart Berry (SARU)
8 September 2018
15:00
Dragons Wales 27–22 South Africa Southern Kings (2 BP)
Try: Griffiths 3' c
Wainwright 13' c
Lewis 66' c
Con: Lewis (3/3) 4', 14', 67'
Pen: Lewis (2/4) 21', 62'
Report[52] Try: Willemse 27' m
Basson 30' m
Masimla 55' c
Penxe 79' m
Con: Banda (1/4) 56'
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,012
Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU)
8 September 2018
17:15
(1 BP) Connacht Ireland 32–13 Italy Zebre
Try: Boyle (2) 8' c, 20' c
Blade 47' m
Griffin 59' m
Adeolokun 69' m
Con: J. Carty (2/5) 8', 21'
Pen: J. Carty (1/2) 2'
Report[53] Try: Bisegni 78' c
Con: Brummer (1/1) 78'
Pen: Canna (2/2) 25', 52'
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 4,056
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)
8 September 2018
17:30
(1 BP) Ospreys Wales 46–14 South Africa Cheetahs
Try: A. Jones (2) 7' c, 77' m
Otten 27' c
North 36' m
Jeffries 58' c
Tipuric (2) 62' c, 72' m
Con: S. Davies (4/7) 8', 27', 59', 63'
Pen: S. Davies (1/1) 40'
Report[54] Try: Wiese 17' c
Maxwane 69' c
Con: Schoeman (2/2) 18', 69'
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,155
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
8 September 2018
19:35
Scarlets Wales 23–21 Ireland Leinster (1 BP)
Try: Owens 11' c
G. Davies 68' c
Con: Halfpenny (2/2) 12', 69'
Pen: Halfpenny (3/3) 34', 50', 63'
Report[55] Try: McFadden 24' c
Lowe 42' c
Ruddock 74' c
Con: R. Byrne (3/3) 25', 43', 74'
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 7,258
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)
8 September 2018
20:35
Benetton Italy 27–25 Wales Cardiff Blues (1 BP)
Try: Allan 28' c
Steyn 50' c
Ioane 80+3' c
Con: Allan (3/3) 28', 51', 80+4'
Pen: Allan (2/4) 11', 54'
Report[56] Try: Penalty try 33'
Pen: Evans (3/5) 20', 37', 41'
Anscombe (3/3) 57', 68', 72'
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Attendance: 2,400
Referee: Sean Gallagher (IRFU)

Round 3[edit]

14 September 2018
19:35
Edinburgh Scotland 17–10 Ireland Connacht (1 BP)
Try: Van der Merwe 25' c
Schoeman 55' c
Con: Van der Walt (2/2) 26', 55'
Pen: Van der Walt (1/1) 41'
Report[57] Try: Adeolokun 61' c
Con: J. Carty (1/1) 62'
Pen: J. Carty (1/1) 75'
BT Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 5,239
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
14 September 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Munster Ireland 49–13 Wales Ospreys
Try: Penalty try 15'
Carbery 21' c
J. Cronin 27' c
Marshall (2) 41' c, 42' c
Botha 45' c
Sweetnam 62' c
Con: Carbery (5/5) 22', 28', 42', 43', 45'
Keatley (1/1) 63'
Report[58] Try: L. Morgan 60' c
Con: S. Davies (1/1) 61'
Pen: S. Davies (2/2) 20', 26'
Irish Independent Park
Attendance: 8,008
Referee: Stuart Berry (SARU)
15 September 2018
17:15
(1 BP) Leinster Ireland 52–10 Wales Dragons
Try: Cronin 9' c
van der Flier 44' c
Gibson-Park (2) 45' c, 57' c
Larmour 48' c
Furlong 63' c
Fardy 76' c
Con: Sexton (6/6) 10', 45', 46', 49', 58', 64'
Reid (1/1) 77'
Pen: Sexton (1/1) 30'
Report[59] Try: J. Williams 59' c
Con: Robson (1/1) 60'
Pen: J. Lewis (1/1) 42'
RDS Arena
Attendance: 13,976
Referee: Quinton Immelman (SARU)
15 September 2018
17:15
(1 BP) Scarlets Wales 38–29 Italy Benetton (1 BP)
Try: G. Davies (2) 4' c, 34' m
Fonotia 11' m
McNicholl 59' c
Kennedy 63' c
Prydie 80' c
Con: Halfpenny (4/6) 4', 60', 64', 80'
Report[60] Try: Quaglio 9' c
Ferrari 14' c
Ioane 41' m
Allan 45' c
Con: Allan (3/4) 10', 16', 46'
Pen: Allan (1/2) 69'
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 7,180
Referee: Sam Grove-White (SRU)
15 September 2018
19:30
(1 BP) Cheetahs South Africa 24–52 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (1 BP)
Try: Small-Smith 8' m
Jaer (2) 11' c, 54' m
Lee 29' c
Con: Janse van Rensburg (1/1) 12'
Schoeman (1/3) 30'
Report[61] Try: Hastings 1' c
Price (2) 24' c, 45' c
Seymour 41' c
Van der Merwe 41' c
Gibbins 64' c
G. Horne 75' c
Con: Hastings (7/7) 2', 25', 42', 45', 51', 65', 76'
Pen: Hastings (1/1) 61'
Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 4,700
Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU)
15 September 2018
20:35
(1 BP) Zebre Italy 26–24 Wales Cardiff Blues (1 BP)
Try: Canna 14' c
Meyer 64' c
Brummer 71' c
Fabiani 78' m
Con: Canna (3/4) 16', 65', 72'
Report[62] Try: Robinson 1' c
Dacey 4' c
Anscombe 10' c
Con: Anscombe (3/3) 2', 5', 10'
Pen: Anscombe (1/2) 53'
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)
16 September 2018
13:15
Southern Kings South Africa 7–28 Ireland Ulster
Try: Willemse 42' c
Con: Banda (1/1) 43'
Report[63] Try: Coetzee 60' c
Kernohan 66' m
A. Curtis 80' c
Con: Burns (1/2) 61'
Nelson (1/1) 80'
Pen: Cooney (3/3) 4', 9', 26'
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Attendance: 5,096
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)

Round 4[edit]

21 September 2018
19:15
(1 BP) Cheetahs South Africa 39–39 Ireland Ulster (1 BP)
Try: Olivier 1' c
Small-Smith 37' c
Dweba 52' m
Du Toit 63' c
Maxwane 74' c
Con: Schoeman (3/4) 2', 38', 64'
Fouché (1/1) 74'
Pen: Schoeman (1/1) 18'
Fouché (1/1) 78'
Report[64] Try: Shanahan (2) 3' c, 21' c
Stewart 67' m
Penalty try 73'
Speight 80' c
Con: Burns (3/4) 4', 22', 80'
Pen: Burns (2/2) 45', 55'
Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 5,063
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
21 September 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Cardiff Blues Wales 37–13 Ireland Munster
Try: N. Williams 6' c
T. Williams (2) 16' c, 76' c
Halaholo 44' c
Con: Anscombe (4/4) 7', 17', 45', 77'
Pen: Anscombe (3/3) 52', 63', 70'
Report[65] Try: Conway (2) 10' m, 13' c
Pen: Carbery (1/1) 23'
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 7,284
Referee: Quinton Immelman (SARU)
22 September 2018
15:00
(1 BP) Southern Kings South Africa 38–28 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (1 BP)
Try: Penxe 5' c
Du Toit (2) 9' c, 71' c
Van Rooyen 18' c
Klaasen 52' c
Con: Banda (5/5) 6', 10', 18', 52', 72'
Pen: Banda (1/2) 40'
Report[66] Try: Grigg 59' c
Van der Merwe (2) 63' c, 80' c
Brown 76' c
NMU Stadium
Attendance: 3,160
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
22 September 2018
17:15
Connacht Ireland 33–20 Wales Scarlets
Try: Farrell 4' c
Kelleher 25' c
Adeolokun 74' c
Con: J. Carty (3/3) 5', 26', 76'
Pen: J. Carty (4/4) 16', 40', 62', 69'
Report[67] Try: McNicholl 28' c
Prydie 71' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 8'
Patchell (1/1) 71'
Pen: Halfpenny (2/2) 8', 20'
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 5,839
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)
22 September 2018
17:15
Dragons Wales 16–5 Italy Zebre
Try: Robson 13' m
Howells 40' m
Pen: Robson (1/2) 4'
J. Williams (1/1) 43'
Report[68] Try: Bellini 21' m
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,104
Referee: Joy Neville (IRFU)
22 September 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Leinster Ireland 31–7 Scotland Edinburgh
Try: McFadden 15' c
Lowe 37' m
Larmour 49' c
Sexton 63' c
Ringrose 78' m
Con: Sexton (3/4) 16', 50', 65'
Report[69] Try: Bradbury 44' c
Con: Van der Walt (1/1) 45'
RDS Arena
Attendance: 13,476
Referee: Dan Jones (WRU)
22 September 2018
19:35
Ospreys Wales 27–10 Italy Benetton
Try: D. Evans 32' c
Tipuric 43' c
S. Davies 71' c
Con: S. Davies (3/3) 33', 44', 72'
Pen: S. Davies (2/2) 12', 58'
Report[70] Try: Steyn 53' c
Con: McKinley (1/1) 55'
Pen: Rizzi (1/3) 22'
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,405
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)

Round 5[edit]

28 September 2018
19:35
Cardiff Blues Wales 24–21 South Africa Cheetahs (1 BP)
Try: Lee-Lo 25' c
L. Williams 64' c
Robinson 69' c
Con: Anscombe (3/3) 26', 65', 70'
Pen: Anscombe (1/2) 38'
Report[71] Try: Steenkamp 18' c
Maxwane 49' c
van Rensburg 58' c
Con: Schoeman (3/3) 19', 50', 59'
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,187
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)
28 September 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Edinburgh Scotland 31–30 Italy Benetton (2 BP)
Try: Scott 17' c
van der Merwe 20' c
Kinghorn 34' c
Fife 47' c
Con: Hickey (4/4) 18', 21', 35', 49'
Pen: Hickey (1/2) 4'
Report[72] Try: Sperandio (3) 23' m, 51' m, 60' m
Fuser 40' c
Barbini 71' m
Con: Allan (1/3) 40'
Pen: Allan (1/1) 1'
BT Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 4,392
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
29 September 2018
16:00
Zebre Italy 8–22 Wales Ospreys
Try: Tuivaiti 70' m
Pen: Canna (1/1) 35'
Report[73] Try: Morgan 13' c
Con: S. Davies (1/1) 13'
Pen: S. Davies (4/4) 2', 40', 54', 74'
Drop: S. Davies (1/1) 29'
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU)
29 September 2018
17:15
Connacht Ireland 3–20 Ireland Leinster
Pen: J. Carty (1/1) 2'
Report[74] Try: Ringrose 40' c
Cronin 55' c
Con: Sexton (2/2) 41', 56'
Pen: Sexton (2/2) 34', 40'
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 8,129
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)
29 September 2018
18:30
(1 BP) Scarlets Wales 54–14 South Africa Southern Kings
Try: J. Davies (2) 9' c, 24' c
Asquith 15' c
Nicholas 42' c
Davis 58' c
Gardiner 65' m
S. Evans 72' c
Hardy 80' c
Con: Patchell (5/5) 10', 16', 24', 43', 59'
O'Brien (2/3) 74', 80'
Report[75] Try: Basson (2) 20' c, 33' c
Con: Banda (2/2) 21', 34'
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 7,529
Referee: Sean Gallagher (IRFU)
29 September 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Glasgow Warriors Scotland 29–13 Wales Dragons
Try: Kebble 4' c
L. Jones (2) 37' m, 41' m
H. Jones 54' m
Dunbar 77' c
Con: Hastings (2/5) 5', 78'
Report[76] Try: Warren 45' c
Con: Lewis (1/1) 46'
Pen: Robson (2/2) 7', 20'
Scotstoun Stadium
Attendance: 7,135
Referee: Stuart Berry (SARU)
29 September 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Munster Ireland 64–7 Ireland Ulster
Try: Goggin (2) 5' c, 37' c
O'Donnell (2) 8' c, 30' m
O'Mahony 50' c
Carbery 62' c
Arnold 66' c
Earls 70' c
Wootton 77' c
Con: Carbery (5/6) 5', 9', 37', 51', 63'
Keatley (3/3) 67', 71', 78'
Pen: Carbery (1/1) 16'
Report[77] Try: Cave 46' c
Con: Burns (1/1) 47'
Thomond Park
Attendance: 13,907
Referee: Dan Jones (WRU)

Round 6[edit]

5 October 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Edinburgh Scotland 37–21 South Africa Cheetahs
Try: Toolis 20' c
Graham 38' c
Mata 64' c
Ritchie 77' c
Con: Hickey (4/4) 21', 40', 65', 79'
Pen: Hickey (3/3) 4', 9', 52'
Report[78] Try: Lee 35' c
Maxwane (2) 42' c, 48' c
Con: Schoeman (3/3) 36', 44', 49'
BT Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 4,555
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)
5 October 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Glasgow Warriors Scotland 36–8 Italy Zebre
Try: H. Jones 5' c
Turner 54' c
Peterson 63' c
G. Horne 65' c
P. Horne 75' m
Con: Hastings (4/5) 6', 56', 64', 66'
Pen: Hastings (1/1) 38'
Report[79] Try: Tauyavuca 34' m
Pen: Violi (1/1) 43'
Scotstoun Stadium
Attendance: 7,174
Referee: Quinton Immelman (SARU)
5 October 2018
19:35
Ulster Ireland 15–22 Ireland Connacht
Try: Stockdale 23' m
Timoney 79' c
Con: Cooney (1/2) 79'
Pen: Cooney (1/2) 52'
Report[80] Try: O'Halloran 5' c
Aki 72' m
Con: J. Carty (1/2) 6'
Pen: J. Carty (1/1) 67'
Kingspan Stadium
Attendance: 13,109
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
6 October 2018
15:00
Scarlets Wales 20–17 Wales Ospreys (1 BP)
Try: McNicholl 15' c
Patchell 56' c
Con: Patchell (2/2) 16', 57'
Pen: Patchell (2/2) 40', 50'
Report[81] Try: Allen 29' c
North 32' m
Morgan 61' m
Con: S. Davies (1/3) 30'
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 12,012
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
6 October 2018
17:15
Dragons Wales 15–23 Wales Cardiff Blues
Try: Lewis 11' m
Rosser 18' c
Con: J. Williams (1/1) 19'
Pen: J. Williams (1/1) 57'
Report[82] Try: Lane (2) 30' m, 64' c
Dacey 60' m
Con: Anscombe (1/3) 65'
Pen: Anscombe (2/3) 46', 55'
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 7,376
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
6 October 2018
18:00
Leinster Ireland 30–22 Ireland Munster
Try: Lowe (2) 14' c, 44' c
Penalty try 10'
Con: Byrne (2/2) 15', 46'
Pen: Byrne (3/3) 32', 40', 69'
Report[83] Try: Beirne 19' m
Stander 27' c
Mathewson 66' c
Con: Carbery (2/3) 28', 67'
Pen: Carbery (1/1) 55'
Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 50,120
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
6 October 2018
20:00
(1 BP) Benetton Italy 28–5 South Africa Southern Kings
Try: Bigi 3' c
Duvenage 16' c
Penalty try (2) 22', 51'
Con: Allan (2/2) 5', 17'
Report[84] Try: Penxe 30' m
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Attendance: 2,200
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)

Round 7[edit]

26 October 2018
19:00
(2 BP) Southern Kings South Africa 34–41 Wales Scarlets (1 BP)
Try: Banda 1' c
Penxe 21' c
H. Klaasen 48' c
Basson 54' c
Con: Banda (4/4) 2', 22', 49', 55'
Pen: Banda (2/2) 12', 33'
Report[85] Try: D. Hughes 27' c
Boyde 39' m
Nicholas 41' c
Kruger 62' c
Hardy 72' c
T. Davies 77' m
Con: D. Jones (4/6) 28', 42', 63', 73'
Pen: D. Jones (1/1) 16'
NMU Stadium
Attendance: 2,473
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)
26 October 2018
20:00
(1 BP) Zebre Italy 34–16 Scotland Edinburgh
Try: Sisi 41' c
Di Giulio 54' c
Canna 72' c
Castello 80' c
Con: Canna (4/4) 42', 55', 72', 80'
Pen: Canna (2/2) 38', 49'
Report[86] Try: Graham 20' c
Con: Hickey (1/1) 22'
Pen: Hickey (3/4) 6', 27', 45'
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
26 October 2018
19:55
(1 BP) Ulster Ireland 36–18 Wales Dragons
Try: Speight 10' c
Shanahan 22' c
Lowry 38' c
McCloskey (2) 48' m, 78' c
Con: McPhillips (4/5) 11', 23', 40', 78'
Pen: McPhillips (1/1) 6'
Report[87] Try: Taylor 30' c
Sage 66' m
Con: Tovey (1/2) 31'
Pen: Tovey (2/2) 15', 37'
Kingspan Stadium
Attendance: 12,559
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)
26 October 2018
20:05
(1 BP) Ospreys Wales 22–17 Ireland Connacht (1BP)
Try: Giles (2) 1' m, 8' m
H. Morgan 51' c
D. Evans 79' m
Con: S. Davies (1/4) 52'
Report[88] Try: Aki 64' c
Butler 69' c
Con: J. Carty (2/2) 66', 71'
Pen: J. Carty (1/1) 12'
Brewery Field, Bridgend
Attendance: 5,122
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)
27 October 2018
16:00
Benetton Italy 3–31 Ireland Leinster (1 BP)
Pen: Rizzi (1/1) 24'
Report[89] Try: A. Byrne 4' m
Tracy 29' c
C. O'Brien 49' c
Porter 58' c
Tomane 75' m
Con: R. Byrne (3/4) 30', 50', 59'
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Attendance: 2,485
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
27 October 2018
18:15
Cheetahs South Africa 21–10 Wales Cardiff Blues
Try: Venter 7' c
Maxwane (2) 10' c, 38' c
Con: Schoeman (3/3) 8', 11', 39'
Report[90] Try: Manoa 64' c
Con: Shingler (1/1) 65'
Pen: Shingler (1/1) 21'
Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 4,428
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)
27 October 2018
17:15
Munster Ireland 25–24 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (2 BP)
Try: Cronin 8' c
Wootton 65' m
Mathewson 72' c
Con: Hanrahan (1/1) 9'
Keatley (1/2) 73'
Pen: Hanrahan (1/1) 55'
R. Scannell (1/1) 80'
Report[91] Try: G. Horne (2) 23' m, 35' c
M. Fagerson 48' m
P. Horne 59' c
Con: P. Horne (1/3) 36'
Thomson (1/1) 60'
Thomond Park
Attendance: 13,356
Referee: Dan Jones (WRU)

Round 8[edit]

2 November 2018
19:35
(1 BP) Edinburgh Scotland 31–21 Wales Scarlets
Report[92]
BT Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 5,037
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (NZRU)
2 November 2018
19:35
Ospreys Wales 20–29 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (1 BP)
Report[93]
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,399
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
3 November 2018
16:00
Benetton Italy 10–15 Ireland Ulster
Report[94]
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Attendance: 2,497
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)
3 November 2018
17:15
(1 BP) Connacht Ireland 33–12 Wales Dragons
Report[95]
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 5,146
Referee: Quinton Immelman (SARU)
4 November 2018
14:45
(2 BP) Southern Kings South Africa 31–38 Ireland Leinster (1 BP)
Report[96]
NMU Stadium
Attendance: 1,142
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)
4 November 2018
14:45
(1 BP) Cardiff Blues Wales 37–0 Italy Zebre
Report[97]
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,426
Referee: George Clancey (IRFU)
4 November 2018
16:45
(2 BP) Cheetahs South Africa 26–30 Ireland Munster (1 BP)
Report[98]
Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 3,368
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)

Round 9[edit]

23 November 2018
19:35
Leinster Ireland v Wales Ospreys
23 November 2018
19:35
Scarlets Wales v Ireland Ulster
24 November 2018
14:30
Cheetahs South Africa v Italy Benetton
25 November 2018
15:00
Southern Kings South Africa v Ireland Connacht
25 November 2018
16:30
Zebre Italy v Ireland Munster
25 November 2018
17:30
Dragons Wales v Scotland Edinburgh

Round 10[edit]

30 November 2018
19:35
Munster Ireland v Scotland Edinburgh
30 November 2018
19:35
Ospreys Wales v Italy Zebre
1 December 2018
17:00
Cheetahs South Africa v Ireland Connacht
1 December 2018
15:00
Ulster Ireland v Wales Cardiff Blues
1 December 2018
17:15
Dragons Wales v Ireland Leinster

Round 11[edit]

21 December 2018
19:35
Ulster Ireland v Ireland Munster
22 December 2018
15:00
Ospreys Wales v Wales Scarlets
22 December 2018
17:15
Cardiff Blues Wales v Wales Dragons
22 December 2018
19:45
Leinster Ireland v Ireland Connacht
22 December 2018
TBA
Zebre Italy v Italy Benetton

Round 12[edit]

28 December 2018
19:35
Connacht Ireland v Ireland Ulster
29 December 2018
15:00
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Scotland Edinburgh
29 December 2018
17:15
Munster Ireland v Ireland Leinster
29 December 2018
17:15
Scarlets Wales v Wales Cardiff Blues
29 December 2018
TBA
Benetton Italy v Italy Zebre
30 December 2018
15:00
Dragons Wales v Wales Ospreys

Round 13[edit]

5 January 2019
17:15
Leinster Ireland v Ireland Ulster
5 January 2019
17:15
Scarlets Wales v Wales Dragons
5 January 2019
19:35
Connacht Ireland v Ireland Munster
6 January 2019
13:00
Zebre Italy v South Africa Cheetahs
4/5/6 January 2019
TBA
Ospreys Wales v Wales Cardiff Blues

Round 11 Catch up[edit]

Round 14[edit]

25 January 2019
19:35
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Wales Ospreys
25 January 2019
19:35
Leinster Ireland v Wales Scarlets
25 January 2019
19:35
Ulster Ireland v Italy Benetton
26 January 2019
15:00
Cheetahs South Africa v Italy Zebre
26 January 2019
15:00
Dragons Wales v Ireland Munster
26 January 2019
17:15
Cardiff Blues Wales v Ireland Connacht

Round 12 Catch up[edit]

2 February 2019
16:00
Cheetahs South Africa v South Africa Southern Kings

Round 15[edit]

15 February 2019
19:35
Edinburgh Scotland v Wales Dragons
16 February 2019
16:00
Zebre Italy v Ireland Leinster
16 February 2019
18:15
Benetton Italy v Wales Scarlets
16 February 2019
17:30
Connacht Ireland v South Africa Cheetahs
15/16/17 February 2019
TBA
Ospreys Wales v Ireland Ulster

Round 16[edit]

22 February 2019
19:35
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Ireland Connacht
22 February 2019
19:35
Ospreys Wales v Ireland Munster
22 February 2019
19:55
Leinster Ireland v South Africa Southern Kings
23 February 2019
14:00
Benetton Italy v Wales Dragons
23 February 2019
19:35
Ulster Ireland v Italy Zebre
24 February 2019
TBA
Scarlets Wales v South Africa Cheetahs

Round 17[edit]

1 March 2019
19:35
Leinster Ireland v South Africa Cheetahs
2 March 2019
14:45
Connacht Ireland v Wales Ospreys
2 March 2019
17:00
Scarlets Wales v Ireland Munster
3 March 2019
15:00
Dragons Wales v Ireland Ulster

Round 18[edit]

22/23/24 March 2019
Cardiff Blues Wales v Wales Scarlets
22/23/24 March 2019
Connacht Ireland v Italy Benetton
22/23/24 March 2019
Edinburgh Scotland v Ireland Leinster
22/23/24 March 2019
Munster Ireland v Italy Zebre
22/23/24 March 2019
Ospreys Wales v Wales Dragons
22/23/24 March 2019
Ulster Ireland v South Africa Southern Kings

Round 19[edit]

5/6/7 April 2019
Cheetahs South Africa v Wales Ospreys
5/6/7 April 2019
Leinster Ireland v Italy Benetton
5/6/7 April 2019
Scarlets Wales v Scotland Edinburgh

Round 20[edit]

12/13/14 April 2019
Cheetahs South Africa v Wales Dragons
12/13/14 April 2019
Edinburgh Scotland v Ireland Ulster
12/13/14 April 2019
Leinster Ireland v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
12/13/14 April 2019
Scarlets Wales v Italy Zebre

Round 21[edit]

26/27/28 April 2019
Cardiff Blues Wales v Wales Ospreys
26/27/28 April 2019
Cheetahs South Africa v South Africa Southern Kings
26/27/28 April 2019
Dragons Wales v Wales Scarlets
TBA
26/27/28 April 2019
Munster Ireland v Ireland Connacht
26/27/28 April 2019
Ulster Ireland v Ireland Leinster
26/27/28 April 2019
Zebre Italy v Italy Benetton

Play-offs[edit]

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 play each other to determine the other two semi-finalists with the team 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
                   
      Conference A Winner  
Conference B 2nd     Quarter-Final Winner  
Conference A 3rd       Semi-Final Winner
    Semi-Final Winner
      Conference B Winner
Conference A 2nd     Quarter-Final Winner  
Conference B 3rd  

Final[edit]

The 2018–19 Guinness Pro14 Grand Final will be held at Celtic Park in Glasgow. The stadium, which is home to Scottish football giants and former European Cup winners Celtic F.C., has a capacity of over 60,000.

Play-off for the 7th Champions Cup place[edit]

The South African teams cannot compete in the European Rugby Champions Cup. The top three eligible teams in each conference automatically qualify for the following year's Champions Cup. The fourth ranked eligible teams in each conference meet in a match played at the home stadium of the team with the most regular league points. The winners take the seventh Champions Cup place.

Referees[edit]

Pro14 2018–19 14-man referee elite squad: (number of matches refereed):[99]

Note: Additional referees are used throughout the season, selected from a select development squad that includes; Craig Evans (2) and Adam Jones (0) – both WRU, Sam Grove-White (1) – SRU and Joy Neville (1) – IRFU

Attendances by club[edit]

  • Includes quarter-finals and semi-finals – the final is not included as it is held at a neutral venue. Due to the Conference A & B structure of 21 rounds in the Pro14, some teams played 10 league home games during the league stage, while others played 11. Does not include European Champions Cup play-off game.
Club Home
games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Italy Benetton 4 9,582 2,396 2,497 2,200 36%
Wales Cardiff Blues 4 29,181 7,295 9,284 6,187 60%
South Africa Cheetahs 4 17,559 4,390 5,063 3,368 9%
Ireland Connacht 5 28,499 5,700 8,129 4,056 70%
Wales Dragons 4 20,105 5,026 7,376 4,012 58%
Scotland Edinburgh 4 19,223 4,806 5,239 4,392 7%
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 3 21,660 7,220 7,351 7,135 98%
Ireland Leinster 3 77,572 25,857 50,120 13,476 82%
Ireland Munster 4 47,536 11,884 13,907 8,008 64%
Wales Ospreys 5 30,690 6,138 6,609 5,122 37%
Wales Scarlets 4 33,979 8,495 12,012 7,180 57%
South Africa Southern Kings 4 11,871 2,968 5,096 1,142 14%
Ireland Ulster 4 49,544 12,386 13,109 11,882 68%
Italy Zebre 4 11,000 2,750 3,000 2,500 55%


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Murrayfield's full capacity is 67,144, only the lower section of the East Stand, with a capacity of 12,464, is generally opened for Edinburgh fixtures.
  2. ^ On 17 September 2018, it was announced that due to a clash of fixtures between the Ospreys and Swansea City, and a potential short-turn around, Ospreys moved their fixture from the Liberty Stadium to Bridgend's Brewery Field.[4]

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