Toulouse v Leinster – Some Facts and Figures

Leinster's Head Coach Leo Cullen and Jonathan Sexton pictured at the Heineken Champions Cup launch recently. Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

European Rugby heavyweights Toulouse and Leinster meet for the 10th time this afternoon when the teams clash at Stade Ernest Wallon with a 3.15pm kick off Irish time.

Incredibly, today’s game will be their first meeting in over seven years since their semi-final clash in 2011 which was won 32-23 by Leinster at the Aviva Stadium.

The French side has won five of nine matches against Leinster, including three of their four home clashes.

The Irish province is now unbeaten in five consecutive away pool games, and has never gone six away games without suffering a defeat.

In Round 1 of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup last weekend, Leo Cullen’s side recorded their third biggest tournament win (52-3) with an emphatic win over Wasps at the RDS.

Since the beginning of 2017-18 and their Challenge Cup campaign Toulouse have scored 139 points and conceded 140 in European competition (W3, L3, D1).

Only Munster (167) has played more tournament games than either Toulouse (158) or Leinster (160).

Three of the leading five ball carriers in Round 1 were Leinster players. Garry Ringrose topped the charts with 21 while Jack Conan and Robbie Henshaw made 19 each.

Toulouse made 20 offloads in Round 1. Only three other teams reached double figures in this category and none made more than 15. Individually, no one made more than Maxime Médard, Sofiane Guitoune and Joe Tekori (4 each).

Leinster collectively made the most carries (191), metres (671) and breaks (18) of any side in Round 1.

Leinster wing James Lowe was the top metre maker in Round 1 (184) while no one beat more defenders than him.

This afternoon’s referee is Wayne Barnes of England, assisted by his fellow countrymen Matthew O’Grady and Paul Dix.

The game is live on BT Sport.

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