Champions Cup Round 3 preview

The Champions Cup returns this weekend when the Ospreys travel to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday night to face Northampton Saints in the first leg of the double header.

The Ospreys go into the game after suffering two narrow losses in the opening rounds, against French champions Clermont Auvergne (21-26) and reigning European champions Saracens (34-36).



Pool 2: Northampton Saints v Ospreys

Saturday, 9 December, Kick-off: 17:30, Franklin's Gardens

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (Fra), Assistant Ref: Thomas Charabas (Fra), Assistant Ref: Laurent Cardona (Fra), TMO: Eric Briquet Campin (Fra), Citing Commissioner: Murray Whyte (Ire)

Match facts

  • Northampton Saints have won all four previous meetings between the clubs, with each of those victories coming by more than 10 points.
  • Saints have lost six of their last seven games in the Champions Cup, including the last three in a row; they’ve not lost four consecutive matches since May – December 2011.
  • Northampton have received three yellow cards in their two matches so far this season, more than any other side.
  • Saints (4/4) and the Ospreys (9/9) are two of just four sides to maintain a 100% goal kicking success rate this season. Dan Biggar has slotted all of the Ospreys’ kicks at goal while Harry Mallinder and Stephen Myler have landed two each for Northampton.