Munster Rugby v Gloucester Rugby – Some Facts and Figures

Munster and Gloucester will meet for the eighth time on Saturday afternoon as Thomond Park hosts its first Heineken Champions Cup game of the 2018-19 season.

The Irish province has a good record against the Gallagher Premiership Rugby side, having triumphed in five of the previous seven clashes including each of the last four.

The home side is on a nine-game winning run in the competition at Thomond Park, their best streak in the Heineken Champions Cup since a 17-game sequence between 2007-08 and 2011-12.

Gloucester picked up two wins from their last three visits to Ireland in the tournament, beating Ulster and Connacht, but losing to Munster in the 2013-14 season.

The English side is hoping to win their opening two games of a European Cup campaign for the first time since 2007-08 when they went on to reach the quarter-final.

After drawing just one previous game (18-18 v Neath in October 1998) Munster have now opened their last two campaigns with a draw.

Gloucester missed just six tackles in beating Castres in Round 1 and their 95% tackle success rate was the best of the 20 competing clubs in the competition.

Munster stole five opposition lineouts in Round 1, two more than any other side managed last weekend.

Neither Danny Cipriani (5/5) nor Joey Carbery (2/2) missed a shot at goal in the opening round, Cipriani’s 14-point tally against Castres was the second most he has scored in 24 games against TOP 14 opponents in Europe.

French officials take charge of the game at Thomond Park, with referee Alexandre Ruiz assisted by Maxime Chalon and Luc Ramos.

The game is live on Virgin Media, Channel 4 and BT Sport.

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