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Bath seek to keep up away form at Edinburgh

Thursday 14th April 2022

4:30 pm (GMT)

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Bath seek to keep up away form at Edinburgh

Bath's Charlie Ewels in Heineken Champions Cup action

Bath Rugby travel to Edinburgh Rugby on Saturday in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16 hoping to maintain their solid recent record on the road.

The Gallagher Premiership side have won three of their last four away games in the knockout stages of the competition.

The game will see Bath and Edinburgh face off for the first time in the Challenge Cup – although they have met five times in the Heineken Champions Cup, with Bath winning the first four encounters and Edinburgh winning the most recent one, 9-6 in December 2009.

Edinburgh qualified for the knockout stages by finishing top of EPCR Challenge Cup Pool C, winning three of their four matches, while Bath were second from bottom in Heineken Champions Cup Pool A.

The match at DAM Health Stadium kicks off at 20:00 (UK & Irish time) and is available to stream on epcrugby.tv.

Other key facts:

  • Edinburgh have won 18 of their last 21 home games in the EPCR Challenge Cup (drawing one and losing two); the last three have come by an average margin of 49 points with Edinburgh not conceding more than five points in any of those three games.
  • Edinburgh have lost just two of their last 21 home games in the EPCR Challenge Cup ( winning 18 and drawing the other). However, both defeats in that run came in their last two knockout games in the competition (v Stade Rochelais in 2016/17 and Cardiff Rugby in 2017/18).
  • Bath lost their most recent game in the EPCR Challenge Cup, against Montpellier in last season’s semi-final, but have never lost consecutive matches in the competition.
  • Edinburgh have averaged four points per 22 entry in the EPCR Challenge Cup this season, more than any other team; they have scored a try from 58 % of their entries into the opposition 22 in the competition.
  • Edinburgh have averaged just 20.8 kicks from hand per game in the EPCR Challenge Cup this season, fewer than any other side, averaging the fewest kicking metres per game as a result (536).
  • Edinburgh are one of just three teams to average six or more line breaks per game in the EPCR Challenge Cup this season, alongside Lyon (7.5) and Biarritz (6.7).
  • Bath’s Will Spencer made 21 tackles without missing in the Heineken Champions Cup this season. He remains one of just seven players to make 20 or more tackles without missing any in Europe’s top flight this campaign.
  • Ramiro Moyano (Edinburgh) made 186 carry metres during the last round of the EPCR Challenge Cup, 65 metres more than any other player last weekend and the second most in a game this season; his average of 15.5 metres per carry was also the best of any player to make ten or more carries in a match in the competition this season.

Key quotes:

Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair: “It’s the start of the knockouts and a slightly different approach to the game – you’ve got one chance and if you don’t perform you don’t get to the next level, you don’t give yourself that opportunity at the next stage. We’ve talked about that already. I love the buzz around things.”

Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper: “Playing in the knockout stages of a European competition is always exciting and heading to a new venue in Edinburgh is one to be relished.”

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Boffelli brace as Edinburgh prove too strong for Bath

Saturday 16th April 2022

11:03 pm (GMT)

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Boffelli brace as Edinburgh prove too strong for Bath

Edinburgh's Emiliano Boffelli goes over against Bath

Emiliano Boffelli’s try double helped Edinburgh Rugby reach the EPCR Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 41-19 victory over Bath Rugby at DAM Health Stadium on Saturday.

Edinburgh, who produced a strong second-half display, will now host Wasps in the last eight.

Bath led 19-15 at half-time but could not add to their tally after that.

England flanker Sam Underhill (2) and Ben Spencer both went over for tries, with Orlando Bailey and Spencer kicking one conversion apiece.

Boffelli and Blair Kinghorn ran in Edinburgh’s first-half tries, with the former kicking a conversion and a penalty.

Pierre Schoeman, Mark Bennett and Connor Boyle all went over in the second half, with Boffelli adding his second and kicking a further six points.

Boyle’s try came while Edinburgh had Cammy Hutchison in the sin bin, further highlighting the Scottish region’s dominance after the break.

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