December 5, 2022

Heineken Champions Cup: Sunday’s previews

Marcus Smith and Harlequins, Peter OMahonys Munster, and Levani Botias La Rochelle begin their European campaigns on Sunday

Connacht vs Stade Francais, Sunday 1pm
One of Sundays early kick offs would be the first time Connacht and Stade Francais have fulfilled in European competitors, with Stade the 24th totally different French attire that Connacht have actually 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 because shedding their opening 5 video games within the rivals in 2011/12.

We sit up for Sundays 5 Heineken Champions Cup computer game as Europes prime golf equipment face one another in Spherical 1 for an extra 12 months …

Connacht will want to attempt to achieve the knockout stages of the European Cup for the primary time of their historic past

Stade Francais are enjoying within the European Cup for the main time given that 2015/16, which was in addition the final time they performed an away sport in opposition to an Irish element in Europe, shedding 26-13 to Munster again in January 2016.
Connacht have gained 14 of their final 17 house computer game in European competitors, nonetheless 2 of their three defeats because point did come of their most up-to-date two video games at The Sportsground.
Connacht averaged probably the most metres acquired (575) and most protectors crushed (34) of any element within the Problem Cup last season, though their handle success fee of 77 per cent was the bottom within the rivals.
Ospreys vs Sale Sharks, Sunday 1pm
Ospreys and Sale Sharks have actually met simply two times earlier than within the Heineken Champions Cup, with the Welsh aspect successful each earlier clashes within the 2006/07 swimming pool phase.
Bonus lately, the Ospreys are winless of their last 8 matches within the European Cup although, shedding their last 7 video games within the rivals and conceding 34 aspects per sport throughout these beats.

Stephen Myler and the Ospreys start their European marketing project at house to Sale Sharks

Sale have actually acquired merely one among their last eight computer game within the European Cup, although that victory did are offered in Wales: a 57-14 win in opposition to Scarlets, which was their second-biggest win within the rivals (after 67-11 vs Calvisano, 2006).
Sale made 41 clear breaks in Europe final season, greater than another aspect, with 17 absolutely different gamers making no less than one break for the Sharks within the marketing campaign.

Can Manu Tuilagi and Sale power a European run this season?

Will Skelton and La Rochelle made it to the European Cup last final season.

La Rochelle vs Glasgow Warriors, Sunday 3.15 pm.
La Rochelle and Glasgow have actually fulfilled two times earlier than within the Heineken Champions Cup, each these clashes coming within the swimming pool phase in 2019/20 with the away element on the day rising victorious on each events.
Glasgow have actually gotten three of their last 4 away computer games in opposition to High 14 challengers within the European Cup, extra triumphes than they d handled of their 17 earlier such fixtures (W2, D1, L14).

Ospreys averaged 8.7 turnovers acquired per sport within the Problem Cup final season, higher than another aspect, with Morgan Morris and George North each contributing a team-high 4 turnovers every.
Wasps vs Munster, Sunday 3.15 pm.
Two-time winners Munster head into the weekend – like Cardiff, and Scarlets earlier than the cancellation of their dispute vs Bristol – with preparations seriously interrupted as a result of a URC tour to South Africa.
Johann van Graans element have 14 members separating in South Africa, and an extra 34 employees and players separating in Eire. The XV named sees 5 debutants and a possible for 7 extra debutants off the bench because of this.

Castres biggest win within the European Cup and Harlequins greatest defeat got here when the edges fulfilled in January 2005 (58-13).

Marcus Smiths Harlequins start their marketing project away to Castres, who have not lost at dwelling within the European Cup considering that 2015.

Wasps and Munster have fulfilled 4 instances earlier than within the Heineken Champions Cup, with either side selecting up two wins each; although the latest clashes got here in a set of 2007/08 pool phase computer game, each of which have been gained by the house element on the day.
Wasps have solely misplaced one amongst 11 home video games in opposition to Irish opposition within the European Cup (W9, D1), nonetheless that defeat did come of their most current such fixture (19-37 vs Leinster, January 2019).
Munster have actually yielded a mean of just 15 aspects per sport on their last six away computer games in opposition to Premiership opposition, sufficient for 2 wins and a draw (L3).
Wasps offer with success cost of 83 percent was the bottom of any aspect within the European Cup last season, lacking 64 tackles within the marketing project in total.

Alfie Barbeary is again to begin for Wasps at dwelling to Munster.

Harlequins have lost their last 5 European Cup computer game in opposition to High 14 opposition, their final such victory nevertheless got here away from residence in opposition to Castres in January 2015.
Quins had the best deal with (90 per cent) and lineout (96 percent) success charges in Europe final season, effective 25/26 lineouts on their very own toss and lacking merely 28 takes on throughout their two matches within the rivals.

Johann van Graans Munster have 49 staff members and players (14 in SA, 34 in Eire) in isolation as a result of their journey to South Africa.

La Rochelle have reached the knockout phases of Europe in 4 of their final 5 projects 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), entirely stopping working to take action within the 2019/20 variation of the Champions Cup.
Exclusively Kurtley Beale (11) made additional clear breaks within the European Cup last season than La Rochelles Dillyn Leyds (9 ), whereas Leyds made 4 line breaks in addition to a competition-high 5 breaks from assist carries.

Ali Worth and Glasgow Warriors face a troublesome job to begin with, taking a trip to deal with La Rochelle.

La Rochelles Levani Botia conceded extra charges (8) than another individual within the European Cup last season – together with a crimson card within the last vs Toulouse. Actually as a staff La Rochelle (54) yielded the 3rd most charges of any aspect last season (Bordeaux 77, Clermont 56).
Castres vs Harlequins, Sunday 5.30 pm.
Harlequins have gained their last 2 clashes with Castres within the Heineken Champions Cup, with that set of triumphes coming within the 2014/15 pool stage. The French aspect have been undefeated of their earlier 4 conferences with the Premiership clothing (W3, D1).
Castres are unbeaten at house within the European Cup considering that January 2015, that last defeat coming over the hands of Harlequins, successful 5 and drawing 2 of their seven computer game ever since.