Incredible Champions Cup Stat That Favours Munster & Leinster
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Munster and Leinster will wave the Irish flag for the quarter final stages of the Champions Cup this weekend, fresh from their Grand Slam success in Twickenham two weeks ago.
The southern province are up first, with three-time European champions Toulon set to descend upon Thomond Park on Saturday. Munster are set to be without a number of key players, but head coach Johann van Grann is hoping the Limerick crowd will help decide the game.
Leinster are also at home, with back-to-back champions Saracens set to take travel to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Leo Cullen’s men are also set to be without a number of players. But such is the depth of their squad, are in far better shape than Munster are.
The key thing to take away from this is home advantage. Just as we saw in the Six Nations, it’s massive. And looking at some of the stats surrounding the last eight in Europe, historically, it’s usually a deciding factor.
- Home clubs have a 77% success rate at the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
- In 21 seasons of European Cup quarter-finals there have only been 19 away victories.
And if that’s not enough, in terms of Munster, they’ve reached the knockout stages for a record 17th time. In their nine previous home quarter finals, they’ve only lost once – to fellow Irish province Ulster back in 2012.
History is on both province’s side this weekend.
Will it repeat itself?