Heineken Champions Cup Quarterfinals This Weekend


Rugby in Europe pivots to the Heineken Champions Cup quarterfinals this weekend, with eight teams still in the fight for continental glory.

FloRugby will have all four quarterfinals live for subscribers in the Middle East and North Africa.

Racing 92 vs Toulouse KO March 31 3:15PM (UTC-GMT)

Leinster vs Ulster KO March 30 5:45PM (UTC-GMT)

Edinburgh vs Munster KO March 30 12:45PM (UTC-GMT)

Saracens vs Glasgow KO March 30 3:15PM (UTC-GMT)

Of the 88 quarterfinal matches in the tournament to date, home teams are 68-20, a winning percentage of .773.

The clubs in this season’s quarter-finals, including five former winners, have a total of 13 European titles between them. Among them is Saracens, which ended the pool stage at the #1 seed. The last time that happened, in 2016, Sarries went on to win the title defeating, Racing 21-9 in the final in Lyon.

More Notes

• Munster Rugby will be making a record 18th appearance in the knockout stage while Toulouse, who have reached the last eight for the 16th time, are next on the all-time list.

• Toulouse hasplayed four quarterfinals against French opposition and have won them all, defeating Dax in 1996/97, Montferrand in 1999/2000, Stade Francais Paris in 2010 and Biarritz Olympique in 2011.

• Ulster Rugby’s one away quarter-final victory to date in 2012 came against Irish opposition when they famously defeated Munster 22-16 at Thomond Park.

• Edinburgh Rugby's Viliame ‘Bill’ Mata, who has been nominated for the EPCR European Player of the Year award, has made the most carries to date on 115 with CJ Stander of Munster next best on 88.

• Two of Racing 92’s three quarter-final matches have been against TOP 14 opposition and they’ve won both times, defeating RC Toulon in 2016 and ASM Clermont Auvergne last season.

• Munster have the most home wins (9) and the most away wins (4) at the quarter-final stage.

• Saracens have reached the knockout stage for the eighth season in a row, and the 2016 and 2017 champions have only lost one of five home quarter-finals to date against ASM Clermont Auvergne at Vicarage Road in 2012.

• Simon Zebo, who has crossed five times this season for Racing 92, is now up to sixth place on the tournament’s all-time try-scoring list with 28 (Munster 23, Racing 5).

• If selected, Ulster and Ireland captain, Rory Best, will make his 75th tournament appearance against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Best currently holds the club’s appearance record on 74 ahead of Andrew Trimble with 71.

• Next Sunday will be the first meeting of Racing 92 and Toulouse in European competition.

• Leinster’s Sean Cronin and Jacob Stockdale of Ulster – both among the contenders for EPCR European Player of the Year - are this season’s leading try scorers with six apiece while another nominee, Munster’s Joey Carbery, is the top points scorer on 68.

• Cheslin Kolbe, Toulouse’s emerging wing, has beaten the most defenders with 41.

• Two of the tournament’s leading points scorers, Owen Farrell of Saracens (745, third on the all-time list) and Johnny Sexton (650, fifth on the all-time list), will be in action at the weekend.

• Munster’s Tadhg Beirne, who reached last season’s semi-final with the Scarlets, is top of the turnovers category with 13.

• The Saracens v Glasgow Warriors tie at Allianz Park is a repeat of the 2017 quarter-final won convincingly 38-13 by the eventual champions.

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