Pundit Arena, in association with NOW TV and Stats Perform, are bringing you all the match facts you need to know ahead of the return of the Heineken Champions Cup this weekend.
Castres Olympique welcome Munster on Friday evening where Johann van Graan’s men will be hoping to maintain their winning start to the European competition.
A significant task awaits the Irish province as Castres have won their last four games in the Top 14 against Racing 92, Perpignan, La Rochelle and Stade Francais and currently sit in third place in the league.
Castres Olympique v Munster
This will be the 18th clash between Munster Rugby and Castres Olympique in the Heineken Champions Cup, the most played fixture in the history of the competition; Castres have only won one of their last 10 games against Munster (D1 L8) but that victory came the last time they hosted the Irish province (13-12 in Round 4, 2018/19).
Castres’ defeat against Harlequins in Round 1 ended a run of nine games unbeaten at home in the Heineken Champions Cup (W7 D2); the last time they suffered consecutive home defeats in the competition was in 2014/15.
Munster Rugby won their last away game in France in the Heineken Champions Cup (39-31 v ASM Clermont Auvergne in Round 2, 2020/21) but have not won consecutive away games against TOP 14 opposition since 2009 (v Montauban and USAP).
Castres’ Benjamin Urdapilleta has successfully kicked each of his four penalty goal attempts in the Heineken Champions Cup this season, only Ulster’s John Cooney (6/6) has attempted more penalty goals without missing after the opening two rounds.
Munster’s Damian de Allende has beaten 12 defenders in the Heineken Champions Cup this season, the most of any player, while teammate Andrew Conway has made the most line breaks after two rounds (4).
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