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1998–99 Heineken Cup

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The 1998–99 Heineken Cup was the fourth edition of the Heineken Cup. Competing teams from France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, and Scotland, were divided into four pools of four, in which teams played home and away matches against each other. Cardiff and Swansea did not compete due to a dispute with their union, the Welsh Rugby Union, whereas teams from England did not compete due to a dispute between European Rugby and the Rugby Football Union. The pool winners and runners-up qualified for the knock-out stages.

1998–99 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
Date18 September 1998 to 30 January 1999
Tournament statistics
Teams16
Matches played55
Attendance322,340 (5,861 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Simon Mason (Ulster)
(144 points)
Top try scorer(s)Thomas Lombard (Stade Français)
Michel Marfaing (Toulouse)
Émile Ntamack (Toulouse)
(7 tries)
Final
VenueLansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance49,000
ChampionsIreland Ulster (1st title)
Runners-upFrance Colomiers
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TeamsEdit

  France   Wales   Scotland   Ireland   Italy
  • Stade Français
  • Bègles-Bordeaux
  • Perpignan
  • Toulouse
  • Colomiers
  • Llanelli
  • Neath
  • Ebbw Vale
  • Pontypridd
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Leinster
  • Munster
  • Ulster
  • Petrarca
  • Treviso

Pool stageEdit

In the pool matches teams received 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a defeat.

Pool 1Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Stade Français 6 5 0 1 27 10 17 219 117 102 10
  Llanelli 6 3 0 3 12 22 −10 113 180 −67 6
  Leinster 6 2 0 4 17 12 5 141 124 17 4
  Bègles-Bordeaux 6 2 0 4 11 23 −12 127 179 −52 4

Pool 2Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Perpignan 6 5 0 1 35 13 22 238 108 130 10
  Munster 6 4 1 1 17 13 4 144 108 36 9
  Neath 6 1 1 4 14 27 −13 118 194 −76 3
  Safilo Petraca Rugby Padova 6 1 0 5 8 21 −13 79 169 −90 2

Pool 3Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Ulster 6 4 1 1 23 20 3 197 168 29 9
  Toulouse 6 4 0 2 31 11 20 234 103 131 8
  Edinburgh Reivers 6 2 1 3 21 14 7 179 146 33 5
  Ebbw Vale 6 1 0 5 11 41 −30 114 307 −193 2

Pool 4Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Colomiers 6 4 0 2 22 10 12 176 121 55 8
  Pontypridd 6 3 0 3 13 16 −3 160 141 19 6
  Benetton Treviso 6 3 0 3 13 13 0 142 150 −8 6
  Glasgow Caledonians 6 2 0 4 10 19 −9 121 187 −66 4

SeedingEdit

Seed Pool winners Pts TF +/−
1   Perpignan 10 35 +130
2   Stade Français 10 27 +102
3   Ulster 9 23 +29
4   Colomiers 8 22 +55
Seed Pool runners-up Pts TF +/−
5   Munster 9 17 +36
6   Toulouse 8 31 +131
7   Pontypridd 6 13 +19
8   Llanelli 6 12 −67

Knockout stageEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

11 December 1998
19:15
Ulster   15–13   Toulouse
Ravenhill
Attendance: 11,500

12 December 1998
15:00
Perpignan   34–17   Llanelli
Stade Aime Giral
Attendance: 10,000

12 December 1998
15:30
Stade Francais   71–14   Pontypridd
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 5,000

13 December 1998
15:00
Colomiers   23–9   Munster
Stade Selery
Attendance: 8,000

Semi-finalsEdit

9 January 1999
13:00
Ulster   33–27   Stade Francais
Ravenhill
Attendance: 20,000
9 January 1999
14:45
Colomiers   10–6   Perpignan
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 30,000

FinalEdit

30 January 1999
14:45
Ulster   21–6   Colomiers
Pen: Mason (6)
Drop: Humphreys
Report Pen: Labit
Mickael Carre
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

ReferencesEdit