Match Preview | Ulster v Bath

Match Preview | Ulster v Bath

This Saturday, Ulster host Bath at Kingspan Stadium in the final pool stage game of the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup.

Match Details
  • Date: Saturday 18 January
  • Kick-Off: 3.15pm
  • Venue: Kingspan Stadium
  • Competition: Heineken Champions Cup Round 6
  • Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (Fra), Cedric Marchat (Fra), AR2: Luc Ramos (Fra), TMO: Patrick Dellac (Fra).
Key Facts:

• Ulster have won each of their five clashes with Bath in the Heineken Champions Cup. However, the last three victories in that run have all been by fewer than five points.

• If Ulster win they will be guaranteed a quarter-final place for the seventh time in their history either as Pool 3 winners or as the best runner-up, depending on the result of the Harlequins v Clermont match. View full details of Ulster’s play-off qualification permutations.

• Ulster have won 12 of their last 13 home games in the Heineken Champions Cup, including each of their last eight in a row. Their most recent defeat at Kingspan Stadium was in a Round 6 fixture against Bordeaux-Bègles in 2016/17.

• Bath have lost their last six games, their worst run in European competition. However, four of those defeats have come by margins of fewer than seven points.

• Bath have lost eight of their nine away games in the tournament against Irish provinces, a solitary victory against Leinster in 2005/06 the exception.

• Ulster are the only side yet to be shown a card of any colour this season, while Bath have been shown just one yellow.

• All 10 of Bath’s tries this season have originated from a scrum (2) or lineout (8).

• Ulster have retained possession from 21% of their kicks in play, the leading rate, while Bath have retained just 10% of their kicks.

• Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Iain Henderson and Luke Marshall have all played the full 400 minutes to date, and no other club has as many players yet to miss a minute of action.

• Only Munster’s CJ Stander (96) has made more carries than Marcell Coetzee (86) and Stuart McCloskey (64).

• Bath’s Lewis Boyce has conceded 10 penalties during the pool stage, and only Glasgow Warriors’ Zander Fagerson (14) has conceded more.

Looking back

Ulster and Bath met in the opening round of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup at The Recreation Ground, with Ulster edging a 16-17 win, thanks in no small part to a try-saving intervention by Jacob Stockdale on the final play of the game.