We sit up for Sunday’s 5 Heineken Champions Cup video games as Europe’s prime golf equipment face one another in Spherical 1 for an additional 12 months…
Connacht vs Stade Francais, Sunday 1pm
Certainly one of Sunday’s early kick offs would be the first time Connacht and Stade Francais have met in European competitors, with Stade the 24th totally different French outfit that Connacht have confronted in both the Problem Cup or Heineken Champions Cup.
Connacht are on a four-game shedding streak within the European Cup, which is their worst run since shedding their opening 5 video games within the competitors in 2011/12.
Stade Francais are enjoying within the European Cup for the primary time since 2015/16, which was additionally the final time they performed an away sport in opposition to an Irish aspect in Europe, shedding 26-13 to Munster again in January 2016.
Connacht have gained 14 of their final 17 dwelling video games in European competitors, nevertheless two of their three defeats in that point did come of their most up-to-date two video games at The Sportsground.
Connacht averaged probably the most metres gained (575) and most defenders crushed (34) of any aspect within the Problem Cup final season, though their deal with success fee of 77 per cent was the bottom within the competitors.
Ospreys vs Sale Sharks, Sunday 1pm
Ospreys and Sale Sharks have met simply twice earlier than within the Heineken Champions Cup, with the Welsh aspect successful each earlier clashes within the 2006/07 pool stage.
Extra lately, the Ospreys are winless of their final eight matches within the European Cup although, shedding their final seven video games within the competitors and conceding 34 factors per sport throughout these defeats.
Sale have gained simply one among their final eight video games within the European Cup, although that victory did are available in Wales: a 57-14 win in opposition to Scarlets, which was their second-biggest win within the competitors (after 67-11 vs Calvisano, 2006).
Sale made 41 clear breaks in Europe final season, greater than another aspect, with 17 totally different gamers making no less than one break for the Sharks within the marketing campaign.
Ospreys averaged 8.7 turnovers gained per sport within the Problem Cup final season, greater than another aspect, with Morgan Morris and George North each contributing a team-high 4 turnovers every.
Wasps vs Munster, Sunday 3.15pm
Two-time winners Munster head into the weekend – like Cardiff, and Scarlets earlier than the cancellation of their conflict vs Bristol – with preparations severely disrupted as a result of a URC tour to South Africa.
Certainly, Johann van Graan’s aspect have 14 members isolating in South Africa, and an additional 34 gamers and employees isolating in Eire. Because of this, the XV named sees 5 debutants and a possible for seven additional debutants off the bench.
Wasps and Munster have met 4 instances earlier than within the Heineken Champions Cup, with either side selecting up two wins apiece; although the newest clashes got here in a pair of 2007/08 pool stage video games, each of which have been gained by the house aspect on the day.
Wasps have solely misplaced one among 11 dwelling video games in opposition to Irish opposition within the European Cup (W9, D1), nevertheless that defeat did come of their most up-to-date such fixture (19-37 vs Leinster, January 2019).
Munster have conceded a mean of simply 15 factors per sport on their final six away video games in opposition to Premiership opposition, sufficient for 2 wins and a draw (L3).
Wasps’ deal with success fee of 83 per cent was the bottom of any aspect within the European Cup final season, lacking 64 tackles within the marketing campaign in complete.
La Rochelle vs Glasgow Warriors, Sunday 3.15pm
La Rochelle and Glasgow have met twice earlier than within the Heineken Champions Cup, each these clashes coming within the pool stage in 2019/20 with the away aspect on the day rising victorious on each events.
Glasgow have gained three of their final 4 away video games in opposition to High 14 opponents within the European Cup, extra victories than they’d managed of their 17 earlier such fixtures (W2, D1, L14).
La Rochelle have reached the knockout phases of Europe in 4 of their final 5 campaigns in both the Problem Cup (Semi-final in 2016/17, Closing in 2018/19) or Heineken Champions Cup (QF in 2017/18, Closing in 2020/21), solely failing to take action within the 2019/20 version of the Champions Cup.
Solely Kurtley Beale (11) made extra clear breaks within the European Cup final season than La Rochelle’s Dillyn Leyds (9), whereas Leyds made 4 line breaks in addition to a competition-high 5 breaks from assist carries.
La Rochelle’s Levani Botia conceded extra penalties (8) than another participant within the European Cup final season – together with a crimson card within the last vs Toulouse. Actually as a staff La Rochelle (54) conceded the third most penalties of any aspect final season (Bordeaux 77, Clermont 56).
Castres vs Harlequins, Sunday 5.30pm
Harlequins have gained their final two clashes with Castres within the Heineken Champions Cup, with that pair of victories coming within the 2014/15 pool stage. The French aspect have been undefeated of their earlier 4 conferences with the Premiership outfit (W3, D1).
Castres are unbeaten at dwelling within the European Cup since January 2015, that final defeat coming by the hands of Harlequins, successful 5 and drawing two of their seven video games since then.
Castres’ largest win within the European Cup and Harlequins’ greatest defeat got here when the edges met in January 2005 (58-13).
Harlequins have misplaced their final 5 European Cup video games in opposition to High 14 opposition, their final such victory nevertheless got here away from dwelling in opposition to Castres in January 2015.
Quins had the very best deal with (90 per cent) and lineout (96 per cent) success charges in Europe final season, successful 25/26 lineouts on their very own throw and lacking simply 28 tackles throughout their two matches within the competitors.