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Leinster take first Celtic League title

O'Driscoll in action in the 2002 Celtic League Final

The Celtic League began life on 17 August 2001 contested between 15 teams from Wales (9), Ireland (4) and Scotland (2), split into two pools playing each other just once, with three points awarded for a win and one for a draw.

Brewery Field hosted the first ever match between Bridgend and Pontypridd, which the visitors won 27-19, whilst Pontypridd's Richard Johnston scored the first ever league try after ten minutes.

The top four teams from each pool qualify for the knockout quarter-finals in late November.

The semi-finals take place early in December, whilst the inaugural final is staged at Lansdowne Road on 15 December 2001 where 30,000 fans saw Leinster defeat Munster 24-20.

2001-2002 Final Tables
Pool A

Team
Pld
Pts
Leinster RugbyLeinster721
Ulster RugbyUlster713
Glasgow RugbyGlasgow713
LlanelliLlanelli712
SwanseaSwansea79
BridgendBridgend79
PontypriddPontypridd73
Ebbw ValeEbbw Vale73

Pool B

Team
Pld
Pts
Munster RugbyMunster615
ConnachtConnacht612
NeathNeath612
NewportNewport69
Cardiff RugbyCardiff Rugby69
Edinburgh RugbyEdinburgh66
CaerphillyCaerphilly60
2001-2002 Knockout Stages
QF30/11/2001Ulster 38 - 29 Neath
QF30/11/2001Leinster 34 - 22 Newport
QF01/12/2001Connacht 29 - 34 Glasgow
QF01/12/2001Munster 13 - 6 Llanelli
SF07/12/2001Leinster 35 - 13 Glasgow
SF08/12/2001Munster 15 - 9 Ulster
F15/12/2001Leinster 24 - 20 Munster
2001-2002 Top Try Scorers
Girvan Dempsey7
Denis Hickie7
Craig Hudson6
2001-2002 Top Points scorers
David Humphreys122
Tommy Hayes111
Lee Jarvis100
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