Saturday sees the Champions Cup final between Exeter Chiefs and Racing 92 in Bristol as the sides will battle it out to become the 12th club to win the title.
Here are 13 stats and facts ahead of the clash:
- Exeter Chiefs have reached the final for the first time in their history, while Racing 92 will be appearing in the showpiece match for the third time having lost to Saracens in 2016 and Leinster in 2018.
- Exeter are appearing in their first decider and Racing their third in the space of five seasons, and the victor will become the 12th club to win European club rugby’s blue-riband tournament.
- Exeter are this season’s leading try and points scorers with 34 and 252 respectively.
- In their two final appearances to date (2016 and 2018), Racing have yet to score a try.
- This will be the first Champions Cup decider involving a first European meeting between the two finalists since 2013 when Toulon defeated Clermont.
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- Maxime Machenaud is Racing’s overall leading scorer in the Champions Cup with 214 points from his 45 appearances, while veteran, Gareth Steenson, has amassed 255 points for Exeter from 37 appearances to date.
- Players from as many as 11 different countries (Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga and Wales) could feature in the final.
- If selected, Racing’s Wenceslas Lauret will make his fourth final appearance having started in 2016 and 2018, and having also finished on the losing side with Biarritz Olympique in 2010.
- Racing’s Virimi Vakatawa leads the tournament statistics categories in clean breaks (16) and defenders beaten (48).
- Star of the Match in Exeter’s semi-final win over Toulouse, Sam Simmonds, is this season’s top try scorer with seven.
- Juan Imhoff’s match-winning try in the semi-final against Saracens increased his overall tournament total to 28 and the Argentine is now in seventh place on the all-time list and only one behind teammate Simon Zebo.
- Exeter’s Dave Ewers has made the most tackles in the tournament this season with 118.
- Exeter’s Sam and Joe Simmonds are in line to become the eighth set of brothers to win the title. The seven to date are: Delon and Stefon Armitage (RC Toulon), Philippe and Olivier Carbonneau (Toulouse/Brive), Jan and Bryn Cunningham (Ulster), Denis and John Fogarty (Munster/Leinster), Rob and Dave Kearney (Leinster), Martin and Will Johnson (Leicester) and Billy and Mako Vunipola (Saracens).