Match Preview: Ulster v Racing 92

Match Preview: Ulster v Racing 92

All the key facts ahead of this weekend’s big game…

Fixture:

Ulster Rugby v Racing 92
Heineken Champions Cup Round 5
Saturday 12th January 2019, kick-off 3.15pm at Kingspan Stadium

Officials:

Referee: Matthew Carley (Eng)
AR1: Andrew Jackson (Eng), AR2: Wayne Falla (Eng)
TMO: Geoff Warren (Eng)

Ticketing:

All seated areas of the stadium are now sold out.
Last remaining terrace tickets are available at ulsterrugby.com/buytickets

Match Facts:

• This will be the second meeting between Ulster and Racing 92, with the TOP 14 side winning 44-12 in the Round 2 clash at Paris La Défense Arena.

• Racing are one of just three clubs to have won all four games this season, along with Toulouse and Saracens.

• Ulster have won nine of their last 10 European home games (L1), however, their one defeat in that run came against TOP 14 opposition (Bordeaux-Bègles in 2016/17).

• Racing have won three of their last four games against Irish opposition (L1), after winning just one of seven such games beforehand (L6).

• Ulster and Racing were the only two sides to claim maximum points in this season’s back-to-back matches, both claiming bonus point victories home and away against Scarlets and Leicester Tigers respectively.

• Despite kicking from hand more often than any other side, Racing have made the most metres per game (566) and averaged the most clean breaks (13.8). Ulster have made the fourth most metres this season (474).

• Ulster have conceded just 27 penalties this season, fewer than any other side. Racing’s total of 31 penalties conceded is the fourth best.

• No player has made more try assists this season than Ulster’s Billy Burns (4, level with Scarlets’ Gareth Davies and Joe Simpson of Wasps) who has provided two pass assists and two kick assists in his four games.

• Racing prop, Guram Gogichashvili, has made 33 tackles without missing this season, only Newcastle Falcons’ Mark Wilson (36) amd Montpellier’s Wian Liebenberg (34) have made more without missing one.

• Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale and Racing 92’s Juan Imhoff have each scored four tries this season, no other player has scored more (level with Sean Maitland of Saracens and Toulouse’s Sofiane Guitoune). Stockdale is the only player to cross the try line in every match this season.

2018/19 Results and Standings

Tournament Records Compared

Top Scorers

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