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Battle of Bordeaux.
Munster and Racing 92 will meet for the third time this season on Sunday, as they battle it out for a spot in this year’s European Champions Cup final.
It honours even this season heading into the fixture, with Munster winning in Limerick and Racing winning Paris. But the two sides will meet at a neutral venue in Bordeaux this time round.
Ahead of the fixture, we’ve been looking at some interesting facts that could play a significant role this weekend.
• The clubs have met six times previously with Munster winning four matches (L2); they clashed earlier this season in the pool stage, with the home side on the day winning each encounter.
• Munster are participating in their 13th European Cup semi-final, no other club has played in more than 10; seven of their previous 12 matches have been against TOP 14 opposition.
• Munster have progressed from just four of their 12 semi-finals, losing their last five in a row.
• Racing 92 meanwhile have reached this stage for just the second time, they defeated Leicester Tigers 19-16 in their only previous semi-final in 2016.
• Munster have lost just one of their last nine games against TOP 14 opposition (W7, D1), and the defeat to Racing in Round 5 this season is the only blemish in that run.
• Munster have averaged the fewest passes (108) but most kicks from hand (29) per game in the competition this season.
• The two sides have conceded fewer tries than any other team in this season’s tournament – Munster have conceded just nine and Racing 11.
• Peter O’Mahony has won 43 lineouts (including 5 steals), more than any other player in the competition.
• The only two players to make 100+ carries this season will feature on Sunday – CJ Stander (105) and Leone Nakarawa (104).
• Nakarawa has also made the most offloads (19) of any player and beaten the most defenders (22) of any forward.