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European Challenge Cup

European Challenge Cup 1998/99

Overview
The final was played at Stade de Gerland in Lyon, France.

Final results

Qualifiers
France
AgenDefeated in semifinals in Coupe de France - Trophée du Manoir 1997/98
CastresDefeated in quarter finals in Group A1 1997/98
Montferrand
Narbonne
BriveFifth in Poule A in Group A1 1997/98
PauFifth in Poule B in Group A1 1997/98
BiarritzSixth in Poule A in Group A1 1997/98
BourgoinSixth in Poule B in Group A1 1997/98
DaxSeventh in Poule A in Group A1 1997/98
PérigueuxWinner in Group A2 1997/98
Racing Club de France
Ireland
ConnachtNot in Heineken Cup 1998/99
Italy
RovigoDefeated in semifinals in Division A1 1997/98
Rugby Roma Olimpic
Portugal
SpainNational team
Romania
Dinamo BucurestiWinner in Divizia Nationala 1997/98
Spain
PortugalNational team
Wales
AberavonIn Welsh Premier Division 1998/99
Bridgend
Caerphilly
Newport

Group phase
Group 1
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Narbonne126600228981303213Qualified to quarter finals
2Caerphilly86402167154131619
3Périgueux66303168119492313To repechage
4Racing Club de France66303127184-571723
5Connacht66303129156-271619
6Newport26105123183-601423
7Rovigo26105108156-481220

Matches
Group phase
19/09/1998Caerphilly - Périgueux31-28
19/09/1998Narbonne - Rovigo41-17
20/09/1998Racing Club de France - Newport37-21
26/09/1998Newport - Connacht12-31
26/09/1998Périgueux - Racing Club de France40-18
27/09/1998Rovigo - Caerphilly34-14
07/10/1998Caerphilly - Narbonne17-34
07/10/1998Connacht - Périgueux29-28
07/10/1998Racing Club de France - Rovigo28-12
11/10/1998Narbonne - Racing Club de France66-5
11/10/1998Périgueux - Newport31-16
11/10/1998Rovigo - Connacht20-21
17/10/1998Connacht - Narbonne26-38
17/10/1998Newport - Rovigo27-18
18/10/1998Racing Club de France - Caerphilly20-31
31/10/1998Caerphilly - Connacht39-8
31/10/1998Narbonne - Newport31-17
31/10/1998Rovigo - Périgueux7-25
07/11/1998Connacht - Racing Club de France14-19
07/11/1998Newport - Caerphilly30-35
07/11/1998Périgueux - Narbonne16-18

Group 2
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Montferrand10650130386217439Qualified to quarter finals
2Bourgoin10650122286136368
3Dax106501163124392015To repechage
4Castres663032291011283210
5Rugby Roma Olimpic46204117213-961434
6Aberavon2610586287-2011442
7Spain XV0600665288-223748

Matches
Group phase
19/09/1998Bourgoin - Spain XV55-10
19/09/1998Castres - Aberavon87-10
20/09/1998Rugby Roma Olimpic - Dax18-25
26/09/1998Aberavon - Rugby Roma Olimpic12-30
26/09/1998Dax - Montferrand24-22
26/09/1998Spain XV - Castres15-61
04/10/1998Rugby Roma Olimpic - Spain XV25-21
07/10/1998Castres - Bourgoin9-30
07/10/1998Montferrand - Aberavon97-13
10/10/1998Aberavon - Dax28-41
10/10/1998Bourgoin - Rugby Roma Olimpic50-22
10/10/1998Spain XV - Montferrand13-88
17/10/1998Dax - Spain XV41-0
17/10/1998Montferrand - Bourgoin23-14
18/10/1998Rugby Roma Olimpic - Castres15-48
31/10/1998Bourgoin - Dax47-17
31/10/1998Castres - Montferrand15-16
31/10/1998Spain XV - Aberavon6-18
07/11/1998Aberavon - Bourgoin5-26
07/11/1998Dax - Castres15-9
07/11/1998Montferrand - Rugby Roma Olimpic57-7

Group 3
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Brive1065012411021393514Qualified to quarter finals
2Agen86402231931383011
3Pau8640221187124258To repechage
4Biarritz86402187124633014
5Bridgend46204158206-481928
6Dinamo Bucuresti46204131246-1151931
7Portugal XV0600673374-301860

Matches
Group phase
19/09/1998Bridgend - Agen17-32
19/09/1998Brive - Biarritz31-22
20/09/1998Dinamo Bucuresti - Pau22-31
25/09/1998Pau - Biarritz37-3
26/09/1998Dinamo Bucuresti - Bridgend45-43
26/09/1998Portugal XV - Brive7-85
07/10/1998Biarritz - Agen10-9
07/10/1998Bridgend - Portugal XV45-24
07/10/1998Brive - Pau26-9
10/10/1998Pau - Bridgend45-21
10/10/1998Portugal XV - Dinamo Bucuresti18-23
11/10/1998Agen - Brive34-35
17/10/1998Agen - Pau15-11
17/10/1998Biarritz - Portugal XV62-11
18/10/1998Brive - Dinamo Bucuresti49-10
31/10/1998Agen - Dinamo Bucuresti60-7
31/10/1998Biarritz - Bridgend45-12
31/10/1998Pau - Portugal XV78-0
07/11/1998Bridgend - Brive20-15
07/11/1998Dinamo Bucuresti - Biarritz24-45
07/11/1998Portugal XV - Agen13-81

Repechage
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Dax106501163124392015Qualified to quarter finals
2Pau8640221187124258
3Périgueux66303168119492313


Final phase
Quarter finalsSemifinalsFinal
Bourgoin
12/13/1998 - 29-19Bourgoin
1/10/1999 - 26-23
AgenBourgoin
Brive2/27/1999 - 16-35
12/12/1998 - 43-12
Brive
CaerphillyMontferrand
Montferrand
12/13/1998 - 66-13Montferrand
1/10/1999 - 27-21
Dax
NarbonneMontferrand
12/12/1998 - 30-13
Narbonne
Pau