Monday 22 January 2018

Heineken Cup facts and figures.. why unbeaten Leinster are on the cusp of making history

* Victory for Leinster over Ulster at Twickenham on Saturday would give them an unprecedented third European title in four seasons.

* Leinster's 37-year-old lock Brad Thorn will become the oldest player to appear in a Heineken Cup final, if selected.

* Saturday's game is the first all-Irish Heineken final since the competition began in 1995.

* Leinster were crowned European champions in 2009 and 2011, while Ulster won the title in 1999.

* Diego Dominguez holds the record for most points in a Heineken Cup final, kicking 30 for Stade Francais against Leicester in 2001.

* Leinster are aiming to become the first team to go through an entire Heineken campaign unbeaten, having so far this season claimed seven victories and a draw.

* A Leinster win would also see them match Leicester's feat of 2001 and 2002 in successfully defending the trophy.

* Two of the previous Heineken finals have failed to produce a try - Ulster against Colomiers in 1999 and Toulouse versus Stade Francais seven years ago.

* No player has scored three tries in a Heineken Cup final, with the record of two jointly held by Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Leon Lloyd (Leicester) and Sebastien Carrat (Brive).

* Brive's 28-9 victory over Leicester in 1997 is the record winning margin in a Heineken final.

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