ChampionsCup

Match Facts

This will be the first ever meeting between Sharks and Harlequins, as well as Sharks’ first ever game in an EPCR competition and the first time Harlequins have faced off against South African opposition.

Harlequins have won five of their last six games in the Champions Cup (L1), however, their only defeat during that period came in their most recent match away from home (26-40 v Montpellier in April 2022); five of their last six wins in the competition have come after they had either been trailing or tied with their opponents at half-time.

Harlequins have won each of their last four pool stage matches in the Champions Cup after losing three in a row at this stage previously, however, three of those wins have come by margins of just three points or fewer.

Eventual runners-up Leinster (5.9) were the only side to score more tries per game than Harlequins (4.5) in last season’s Champions Cup, with Harlequins also having the third highest average possession rate of any side in the competition last term (54.5%).

Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt was the joint-top try-scorer amongst forwards in last season’s Champions Cup (7, also Sam Simmonds) and was one of just three players to register over one try per game played in last season’s competition (1.17, min. 5 games played).

Match Preview: Sharks make debut against Harlequins

12 hours ago by Ultimate Rugby

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Siya Kolisi leads formidable Sharks side for opening Champions Cup clash

19 hours ago by Ultimate Rugby

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South African teams break new ground in Europe

21 hours ago by Ultimate Rugby

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‘Buzz’ around Sharks Champions Cup debut

3 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Sharks wing Yaw Penxe believes there is a “buzz” in Durban ahead of the South African club’s first venture into the Heineken Champions Cup when they host Harlequins on Saturday.   He...

Stephan Lewies ready to face former club

3 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Harlequins lock Stephan Lewies is relishing the opportunity to take on his former club when his side travel to Cell C Sharks in the opening round of Heineken Champions Cup Pool A action on Saturday.   The...

Manu Tuilagi to make 50th appearance for England vs South Africa

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Eddie Jones has named the 23-player England team that will take on South Africa this weekend.    England will host the Springboks at Twickenham Stadium in their final Autumn Nations Series...

England squad update

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

England have retained a 26-player squad for their match against South Africa this weekend. Eddie Jones’ side will take on the Springboks at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 26 November (5.30pm...

England squad announcement - South Africa Test week

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Eddie Jones has named an unchanged squad for England’s final Autumn Nations Series match against South Africa this weekend. England take on the Springboks at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 26 November...

England team announcement: England v New Zealand

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Eddie Jones has named the England team who will play New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm KO).  Captain Owen Farrell will make his 100th appearance for England at inside centre. ...

Eddie Jones has retained a 25-player squad for England’s match against New Zealand

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

England will take on the All Blacks at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 19 November (5.30pm KO). Joe Cokanasiga is unavailable for selection after suffering an ankle injury in England’s 52-13...