Ten facts and figures – 2017 Champions Cup Rugby final

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Updated: May 9, 2017
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Saracens take on Clermont Auvergne in the 2017 Champions Cup Rugby Final in Edinburgh on Saturday, here are some facts and figures.

  • Saracens could become the fourth club to win back-to-back European Cup titles, after Leicester Tigers, Leinster Rugby and RC Toulon.
  • Holders Saracens have won one and lost one of their two previous finals, while Clermont have lost in their two final appearances; no club has played in three finals without winning at least one.
  • This will be the third time that BT Murrayfield has hosted European club rugby’s showpiece match. The two previous finals in the Scottish capital were each won by margins of fewer than seven points, with Toulouse beating Stade Francais Paris 18-12 after extra-time in 2005 while Leinster defeated Leicester 19-16 in 2009.
  • This will be the seventh Anglo-French final and the third in the last four seasons; both of Saracens’ finals have been against French opposition, but this will be the first time Clermont have faced a team from outside the TOP 14 in the final.
  • Four of the last six European Cup finals have been decided by margins of more than seven points, just three of the 15 finals before that had been decided by such a margin.
  • Saracens are unbeaten in their last 17 games in the Champions Cup (W16, D1), equalling Leinster’s record which was set between 2010 and 2012 (also W16, D1).
  • Saracens will claim their 100th victory in European competition if they retain the trophy. To date, they have won 56 games in the Champions Cup and 43 in the Challenge Cup.
  • Saracens have yet to concede a first-half try this season, however, Clermont have scored more tries than any other side in the first 40 minutes of matches (16).
  • Chris Ashton needs just one try to become the outright top try scorer in European Cup history. The Saracens wing is currently level with Vincent Clerc on 36 tries.
  • The three top tacklers this season are all likely to feature in the final. No other player has made as many tackles as Sebastien Vahaamahina (90), Michael Rhodes (82) or Benjamin Kayser (80).

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