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Stats pack: Northampton v Leinster


Leinster bid for their third win in the pool stages of rugby's European Champions Cup against Northampton at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

Here are some match facts.

Leinster have won six of their seven meetings with Northampton Saints in the Heineken Champions Cup (L1), including each of their three matches at Franklin's Gardens. 

This match will be Northampton Saints’ 150th in European competition (Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup combined) and they are one of four clubs to have won both titles along with Bath, Wasps and Saturday’s opponents, Leinster.

Leinster have won their last eight pool games against Gallagher Premiership opposition in the Heineken Champions Cup, with their last such defeat coming in Round 6 in 2015/16 against Wasps.

Northampton have won their opening two games and they’ve not enjoyed a longer winning run in Europe’s top flight since four straight victories during the 2014/15 pool stage.

Leinster have won 18 of their last 20 Heineken Champions Cup games (L2), with their only defeats coming last season away to Toulouse in the pool stage and against Saracens in the final.

Saints have kicked nine penalty goals in the opening two rounds, more than any other side.

Leinster have the best tackle success rate this season, completing 90% of attempts.

Garry Ringrose (Leinster) is one of three players to score three tries this season (also Benetton’s Epalahame Faiva and Joe Simpson of Gloucester).

Three of the six players to make 5+ clean breaks could feature in this match - Northampton Saints duo Cobus Reinach and Tom Collins, and Leinster’s Josh van der Flier (5 each).

Dan Biggar is the top points scorer (35), succeeding with 13 of his 14 kicks at goal including all nine of his penalty attempts.

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