European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have released a bevy of statistics ahead of this weekend of Champions Cup rugby.
Round 3 of the tournament offers up some mouthwatering matches.
• Racing 92 have won four of their previous five tournament meetings with Leicester Tigers, including each of the last three.
• Racing 92 have won their last six home games in Europe’s top flight, their best ever such run in the tournament.
• Racing have won their last three home games against Gallagher Premiership opposition.
• Tigers won their Round 2 match against Scarlets, but have not won back-to-back matches in the tournament since 2015/16.
• Since the start of the 2016/17 season, Leicester have conceded an average of 29.4 points per game, scoring 16.7 in reply.
• Leicester have allowed their opponents to make just seven offloads in the two rounds to date, the lowest total of any side.
• This will be the 15th meeting between Munster Rugby and Castres Olympique and no other clubs have met as often in the tournament.
• Munster are unbeaten in their last seven clashes against Castres (W6, D1), including a 45-point victory in Round 6 last season which was their biggest winning margin against TOP 14 opposition.
• Castres come into Sunday’s game on the back of a win against Exeter Chiefs and will be aiming to win consecutive matches in Europe for the first time since winning three-in-a-row during the 2012/13 pool stage.
• Munster have won their last 10 home games in the competition, picking up a bonus point in each of their last three such pool stage matches.
• Castres have won just four of 24 previous fixtures against Irish opposition (D2, L18) with all four of those wins coming at home.
• Munster have conceded the fewest (20) and won the joint most turnovers so far this season (17).
• Munster have conceded more penalties (27) than any other side to date.
• Munster captain, Peter O’Mahony, is one of three players to steal three opposition lineouts in the opening two rounds.
• No forward has beaten more defenders this season than Castres’ Steve Mafi who has beaten 10 from just six carries.
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