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Allied Dunbar Premiership
Division 2
Jewson National League 1
Jewson National League 2
Regional Division 1

Allied Dunbar Premiership 1998/99

Overview
The best team in the table, Leicester Tigers, was proclamed national champion. The worst team (West Hartlepool) was relegated to Premiership 2, while team placed 13th (Bedford Blues) had to play a home and away playoff against the 2nd (Rotherham Titans) of Premiership 2 to preserve its place in Premiership.
Teams placed between 1st and 6th (Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Saracens, Harlequins e Wasps) place qualified for Heineken Cup. Bath, 6th in table, qualified thanks to Wasps's victory in Tetley's Bitter Cup. For Challenge Cup qualifying criterium was the admission to Premiership.
Points were awarded as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
During the season London Scottish and Richmond were placed into administration and started again competition next season from lower leagues.

The league was sponsored by insurance company Allied Dunbar.

Teams variations
Relegated to Allied Dunbar Premiership - Division 2 1998/99:Bristol Rugby
Promoted from Allied Dunbar Premiership - Division 2 1997/98:Bedford Blues - London Scottish - West Hartlepool

Final results
Winner:Leicester Tigers
Relegated to Allied Dunbar Premiership - Division 2 1999/00:West Hartlepool
Relegated to Lower Leagues 1999/00:London Scottish (The team failed and restarted playing in lower leagues.) - Richmond (The team failed and restarted playing in lower leagues.)
Qualified to Heineken Cup 1999/00:Leicester Tigers - Northampton Saints - Saracens - Harlequins - London Wasps - Bath

Regular season
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Leicester Tigers442622047714233488634Winner
2Northampton Saints382619077545561988564
3Saracens332616197485831658259
4Harlequins33261619690653376475
5Wasps3126151107175062118045
6Bath3026150116985741248168
7London Irish302615011703607967565
8Newcastle Falcons282614012719639808569
9Richmond24261121372071559675
10Gloucester19269116554643-895867
11Sale Sharks19269116604731-1277680
12London Scottish16268018491734-2434085
13Bedford Blues12266020541840-29963101Qualified for playout
14West Hartlepool72631225011007-50650134Relegated
Richmond and London Scottish were placed into administration and thus did not compete in the subsequent season.

BathBedford
Blues
GloucesterHarlequinsLeicester
Tigers
London
Irish
London
Scottish
Newcastle
Falcons
Northampton
Saints
RichmondSale
Sharks
SaracensWaspsWest
Hartlepool
Bath-57-1921-1613-1724-1623-2076-1316-119-1536-1427-311-1936-2756-24
Bedford
Blues
17-30-19-1535-3323-3221-3624-1622-2931-4212-1067-1820-2525-2310-23
Gloucester23-731-21-20-3118-2329-2229-1641-3243-3124-2424-3428-2712-1336-3
Harlequins43-3129-1639-7-9-3417-2222-2025-2017-2432-3217-1541-2827-2025-10
Leicester
Tigers
36-1326-023-1649-15-31-1024-1231-1835-2527-031-1525-1816-672-37
London
Irish
47-2230-1942-2020-1624-23-35-1216-1410-2629-3325-3121-2624-3643-21
London
Scottish
13-1115-2424-1324-353-3817-23-27-1722-3316-2825-2020-589-1726-14
Newcastle
Falcons
19-1734-2339-1533-2312-2121-2343-20-45-3547-1430-1543-1227-1929-13
Northampton
Saints
40-1734-2922-825-615-228-3244-1357-16-44-2737-1718-2126-2119-14
Richmond23-3038-3222-2523-3011-2313-2540-2241-2919-31-29-2418-255-2941-23
Sale
Sharks
30-3239-2126-1044-3417-4130-277-2320-2824-3910-39-32-2413-2742-26
Saracens14-3344-1326-1030-3822-1040-267-2440-2634-733-1743-26-17-3148-27
Wasps35-035-1923-921-2245-1738-2745-2234-3315-2422-2732-1915-15-71-14
West
Hartlepool
20-500-3933-3237-4715-4520-447-3719-249-3335-3633-333-5221-17-

Playout
Playout
Rotherham Titans
5/20/1999 - 19-11
5/23/1999 - 19-27
Bedford Blues
Bedford Blues

Matches schedule
23/05/1999 - Playout
Bedford Blues - Rotherham Titans27-19
20/05/1999 - Regular season
Saracens - Newcastle Falcons40-26
20/05/1999 - Playout
Rotherham Titans - Bedford Blues19-11
19/05/1999 - Regular season
Harlequins - Wasps27-20
16/05/1999 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Richmond12-106
Gloucester - Northampton Saints43-31
Leicester Tigers - West Hartlepool72-37
15/05/1999 - Regular season
Bath - London Scottish76-13
12/05/1999 - Regular season
Richmond - Saracens18-25
11/05/1999 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Harlequins33-23
08/05/1999 - Regular season
Bath - Harlequins13-17
Bedford Blues - London Irish21-36
London Scottish - West Hartlepool26-14
Richmond - Northampton Saints19-31
Sale Sharks - Wasps13-27
07/05/1999 - Regular season
Saracens - Gloucester26-10
03/05/1999 - Regular season
Richmond - Harlequins23-30
02/05/1999 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Leicester Tigers12-21
Wasps - London Scottish45-22
West Hartlepool - Bedford Blues0-39
01/05/1999 - Regular season
Gloucester - Sale Sharks24-34
London Irish - Saracens21-26
Northampton Saints - Bath40-17
25/04/1999 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Gloucester39-15
Richmond - Wasps5-29
Saracens - Harlequins30-38
24/04/1999 - Regular season
Bath - West Hartlepool56-24
Bedford Blues - Northampton Saints31-42
Sale Sharks - Leicester Tigers17-41
21/04/1999 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Richmond47-14
West Hartlepool - Harlequins37-47
18/04/1999 - Regular season
Wasps - Newcastle Falcons34-33
West Hartlepool - Richmond35-36
17/04/1999 - Regular season
Harlequins - Bedford Blues29-16
Leicester Tigers - Saracens25-18
London Irish - Bath47-22
Northampton Saints - London Scottish44-13
13/04/1999 - Regular season
Wasps - Northampton Saints15-24
03/04/1999 - Regular season
Bath - Leicester Tigers24-16
Sale Sharks - London Irish30-27
31/03/1999 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - London Scottish43-20
28/03/1999 - Regular season
Saracens - Bath14-33
West Hartlepool - Sale Sharks33-33
27/03/1999 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Gloucester19-15
Harlequins - Richmond32-32
Leicester Tigers - Wasps16-6
London Irish - London Scottish35-12
Northampton Saints - Newcastle Falcons57-16
14/03/1999 - Regular season
Wasps - London Irish38-27
West Hartlepool - Gloucester33-32
13/03/1999 - Regular season
London Scottish - Bedford Blues15-24
Northampton Saints - Leicester Tigers15-22
Richmond - Bath23-30
Sale Sharks - Saracens32-24
27/02/1999 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Sale Sharks7-18
14/02/1999 - Regular season
Richmond - Sale Sharks29-24
Saracens - West Hartlepool48-27
13/02/1999 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Wasps25-23
Gloucester - Harlequins20-31
Leicester Tigers - London Irish31-10
London Scottish - Newcastle Falcons27-17
07/02/1999 - Regular season
London Irish - Gloucester42-20
Wasps - Bath35-0
06/02/1999 - Regular season
Harlequins - Leicester Tigers9-34
Northampton Saints - Saracens18-21
Sale Sharks - London Scottish7-23
26/01/1999 - Regular season
Richmond - Leicester Tigers11-23
23/01/1999 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Bath17-30
Harlequins - London Irish17-22
Leicester Tigers - Gloucester23-16
Northampton Saints - West Hartlepool19-14
Richmond - London Scottish40-22
Sale Sharks - Newcastle Falcons20-28
16/01/1999 - Regular season
Bath - Newcastle Falcons16-11
Gloucester - Richmond24-24
Harlequins - Northampton Saints17-24
Leicester Tigers - London Scottish24-12
London Irish - West Hartlepool43-21
06/01/1999 - Regular season
Wasps - Saracens15-15
05/01/1999 - Regular season
London Scottish - Gloucester24-13
Newcastle Falcons - Bedford Blues34-23
Northampton Saints - London Irish8-32
Sale Sharks - Bath30-32
03/01/1999 - Regular season
Saracens - Bedford Blues44-13
West Hartlepool - Wasps21-17
02/01/1999 - Regular season
Gloucester - Bath23-7
London Irish - Newcastle Falcons16-14
London Scottish - Harlequins24-35
Sale Sharks - Northampton Saints24-39
27/12/1998 - Regular season
Harlequins - Sale Sharks17-15
Newcastle Falcons - West Hartlepool29-13
Saracens - London Scottish7-24
Wasps - Gloucester23-9
26/12/1998 - Regular season
Leicester Tigers - Bedford Blues26-0
Richmond - London Irish13-25
20/12/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Sale Sharks30-15
West Hartlepool - Northampton Saints9-33
19/12/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Saracens11-19
Gloucester - Leicester Tigers18-23
London Irish - Harlequins20-16
London Scottish - Richmond16-28
13/12/1998 - Regular season
Saracens - London Irish40-26
12/12/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Northampton Saints9-15
Bedford Blues - West Hartlepool10-23
Leicester Tigers - Newcastle Falcons31-18
London Scottish - Wasps9-17
Sale Sharks - Gloucester26-10
22/11/1998 - Regular season
Wasps - Sale Sharks32-19
West Hartlepool - London Scottish7-37
21/11/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - Saracens28-27
Harlequins - Bath43-31
London Irish - Bedford Blues30-19
Northampton Saints - Richmond44-27
15/11/1998 - Regular season
Bedford Blues - Saracens20-25
Newcastle Falcons - Northampton Saints45-35
Wasps - Leicester Tigers45-17
14/11/1998 - Regular season
London Scottish - London Irish17-23
13/11/1998 - Regular season
Sale Sharks - West Hartlepool42-26
08/11/1998 - Regular season
Saracens - Richmond33-17
07/11/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - Bedford Blues31-21
Harlequins - Newcastle Falcons25-20
Leicester Tigers - Bath36-13
London Irish - Sale Sharks25-31
Northampton Saints - Wasps26-21
01/11/1998 - Regular season
Richmond - Bedford Blues38-32
Wasps - Harlequins21-22
West Hartlepool - Leicester Tigers15-45
31/10/1998 - Regular season
London Scottish - Bath13-11
Newcastle Falcons - Saracens43-12
Northampton Saints - Gloucester22-8
28/10/1998 - Regular season
Sale Sharks - Richmond10-39
25/10/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - London Scottish29-16
Saracens - Wasps17-31
24/10/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Sale Sharks27-3
Bedford Blues - Newcastle Falcons22-29
Harlequins - West Hartlepool25-10
Leicester Tigers - Richmond27-0
London Irish - Northampton Saints10-26
21/10/1998 - Regular season
Wasps - Bedford Blues35-19
20/10/1998 - Regular season
Harlequins - Gloucester39-7
London Irish - Leicester Tigers24-23
West Hartlepool - Saracens3-52
18/10/1998 - Regular season
Wasps - Richmond22-27
17/10/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - Newcastle Falcons41-32
Harlequins - Saracens41-28
Leicester Tigers - Sale Sharks31-15
Northampton Saints - Bedford Blues34-29
West Hartlepool - Bath20-50
11/10/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Wasps27-19
Saracens - Leicester Tigers22-10
10/10/1998 - Regular season
Bath - London Irish23-20
Bedford Blues - Harlequins35-33
London Scottish - Northampton Saints22-33
Richmond - West Hartlepool41-23
04/10/1998 - Regular season
West Hartlepool - Newcastle Falcons19-24
03/10/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Bedford Blues57-19
Gloucester - Wasps12-13
Harlequins - London Scottish22-20
London Irish - Richmond29-33
Northampton Saints - Sale Sharks37-17
27/09/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - London Irish21-23
Wasps - West Hartlepool71-14
26/09/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Gloucester21-16
Bedford Blues - Leicester Tigers23-32
London Scottish - Saracens20-58
Sale Sharks - Harlequins44-34
20/09/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - West Hartlepool36-3
Saracens - Sale Sharks43-26
19/09/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Richmond36-14
Bedford Blues - London Scottish24-16
Leicester Tigers - Northampton Saints35-25
London Irish - Wasps24-36
13/09/1998 - Regular season
West Hartlepool - London Irish20-44
12/09/1998 - Regular season
London Scottish - Leicester Tigers3-38
Newcastle Falcons - Bath19-17
Northampton Saints - Harlequins25-6
Richmond - Gloucester22-25
Sale Sharks - Bedford Blues39-21
06/09/1998 - Regular season
Saracens - Northampton Saints34-7
05/09/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Wasps36-27
Gloucester - London Irish29-22
Leicester Tigers - Harlequins49-15
London Scottish - Sale Sharks25-20
Richmond - Newcastle Falcons41-29