Match Preview: Ulster Rugby v Leicester Tigers

Match Preview: Ulster Rugby v Leicester Tigers

On Saturday evening, Ulster Rugby will get their 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup campaign underway with a home tie versus Leicester Tigers.

Date & Time: Saturday 13th October, 5.30pm
Venue: Kingspan Stadium


Match Facts

  • Ulster Rugby have won all four of their home games against Leicester, the victories coming by an average margin of 23 points.
  • Leicester are on a four-game losing run, their worst ever run in the European Cup.
  • Tigers have lost on seven of their last eight trips to Ireland in the tournament, a 31-19 victory over Munster (Round 3, 2015/16) was their only victory in that time.
  • Only Exeter and Leinster conceded fewer penalties per game last season than Ulster (8.7). They were also the only side not to receive either a yellow or red card.
  • Only Montpellier’s Nemani Nadolo (16) made more breaks than Jacob Stockdale (13) in the pool stage last season. The Ulster wing was also the Province’s top try scorer in 2017/18 (3 tries).

Team Comparison (tournament record)

Ulster Rugby Leicester Tigers
Played 141 150
Wins 70 93
Draws 3 5
Losses 68 52
Total Points For 3021 3867
Total Points Against 3076 2810
Largest Winning Margin 56 (v Benetton Rugby) 71 (v Glasgow Warriors)
Heaviest Losing Margin -53 (v Wasps) -43 (v Glasgow Warriors)


Head-to-head record

Ulster Rugby Leicester Tigers
8 Played 8
5 Wins 3
3 Losses 5
0 Draws 0


Last 3 meetings

Date Home Score Away
18/01/2014 Leicester Tigers 19-22 Ulster Rugby
18/10/2014 Leicester Tigers 25-18 Ulster Rugby
24/01/2015 Ulster Rugby 26-7 Leicester Tigers


2017/18 Points Scorers

Ulster Rugby Points Leicester Tigers Points
John Cooney 51 George Ford 56
Christian Lealiifano 16 Telusa Veainu 15
Jacob Stockdale 15 Jonny May 15


Match Officials:

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (Fra), Assistant Ref: Maxime Chalon (Fra), Assistant Ref: Jean-Luc Rebollal (Fra), TMO: Eric Gauzins (Fra), Citing Commissioner: John Montgomery (Sco)