European Professional Rugby Club Leinster face Stade Rochelais in Marseille clash

Leinster Rugby will be aiming for a record fifth European star when they clash with Stade Rochelais in the Heineken Champions Cup final at Stade Vélodrome on Saturday.

The two sides have met just once before in the Heineken Champions Cup, with La Rochelle triumphing 32-23 in last season’s semi-finals.

It will be the fifth time an Irish team has faced a TOP 14 club in the European Cup final, where Irish sides have won each of the previous four occasions.

It is the sixth European Cup final in Leinster, where the Saracens give the Irish province their only defeat in the outstanding game in 2019.

Meanwhile, La Rochelle has won two of its previous three games against Irish opposition in the competition, with both of those successes coming on French soil.

The game in Marseille starts at 16:45 (British and Irish time) and will be available on BT Sport, Channel 4, Virgin Media, beIN SPORTS, France 2 and Sky Italia.

Pool positions

Leinster: 4th, Pool A

La Rochelle: tria, Pool A

Semifinals

Leinster Rugby 40 Toulouse Stadium 17

Race 92 13 Stade Rochelais 20

Heineken Champions Cup head-to-head record

Leinster wins: 0

Draws: 0

La Rochelle wins: 1

Top 2021/22 scorers

Leinster: Johnny Sexton (65)

La Rochelle: Ihaia West (67)

Key quotes

Josh van der Flier (Leinster side): “It’s hungry, of course, for the team to go back there and win it. I wouldn’t say we’re under a lot of pressure because it’s obviously so hard to win.

“Looking at the team and the squad, there are many of us on the team who would not have played in the European final before. It’s definitely not something we’re used to, so it’s very, very exciting. “

Ronan O’Gara (La Rochelle’s head coach): Because when they reach 22 meters, it is difficult for a team to stop. They are very clean in their structure. It’s important to control the ball well. “

Other key statistics

  • Leinster would match Toulouse’s record of five European Cup titles if they beat La Rochelle in Marseille.
  • Leinster have won each of their seven matches in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup (excluding canceled fixtures), including their two fixtures against French opposition; the 40 points they scored against Toulouse in the semi-finals were the second most by any team at that stage of the competition (Saracens, 46 v ASM Clermont Auvergne in 2013/14).
  • La Rochelle will become the seventh side to appear in consecutive European Cup finals (also CA Brive, Leicester Tigers, Stade Toulousain, Leinster, RC Toulon and Saracens).
  • La Rochelle have won 11 of their 12 games in the Heineken Champions Cup since the start of last season (L1, except for canceled fixtures), with their only defeat in that spell coming in last season’s final (17-22 v Toulouse); they have scored 30+ points in five of their seven games so far this season.
  • Leinster boasts the fastest average rolling speed on either side in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup (2.84s); La Rochelle recorded the best ruck success rate this season (97%) and has the fifth best ruck speed (3.28s).
  • Leinster have averaged the most meters (931), line breaks (10) and passes (184) per game in the Heineken Champions Cup this season, while they also boast the best handling success rate in the competition (91%); La Rochelle recorded the third best gear success rate (89%).
  • La Rochelle spent the highest percentage of time in opposition territory of any club in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup (56%), while Leinster averaged the most 22 entries from either side (15.1) and recorded the most points. by 22 entry (3.26). ).
  • Leinster’s James Lowe is the top scorer in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup (10) and needs just one more try to match Chris Ashton’s record of 11 tries in a single campaign (2013/14); Lowe also made more line breaks than any other player in the competition this season (12), while teammate Jimmy O’Brien made the second most (10).
  • La Rochelle’s Gregory Alldritt has made the most out of any player in the Heineken Champions Cup this season (113), while he is second in meters (731), defenders batted (28), discharges (15) and turnovers earned 8) en. the competition this season.

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