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Heineken Cup - Bristol v Harlequins

14 December 2007

Heineken Cup Round 4


Pool 3


Bristol Rugby v Harlequins Sunday 16th December 3pm


Current Form


  • Harlequins have won 4 from 7 in the Guinness Premiership this season and are 5th in the league.
  • They have played 4 matches at home and are unbeaten in the competition.
  • Harlequins lie bottom of Heineken Cup Pool 3 after 3 rounds as a result of losing in Paris to Stade Francais, drawing at home to Cardiff Blues and losing at home last week to Bristol.
  • Bristol have won 3 from their 7 Premiership matches and are in 7th spot.
  • They have played 3 matches away from home in the Premiership this season and lost them all.
  • Harlequins and Bristol met at the Stoop in the Premiership on 6th October and Quins won 24-18. This was their 8th league meeting at the Stoop and Quins have won 6. Bristol have won 5 of their 7 league meetings at the Memorial Ground including the last 5 meetings.
  • Bristol are now 2nd in Heineken Pool 3 after losing in Cardiff and winning their next 2 matches at home to Stade Francais and away to Harlequins.


Current Information


  • Chris Malone has scored 13 of Harlequins 33 points in their 3 matches.
  • After playing in the opening 2 matches for Harlequins this season, Andy Gomarsall has now played 36 times in the Heineken Cup with 9 appearances for Wasps and 25 for Gloucester. He is the most experienced player in the current Harlequins squad.
  • Bristol kickers David Hill and Jason Strange have scored 27 of Bristol's 52 points scored between them.
  • When he came on as a replacement last Saturday,Darren Crompton became the first Bristol player to play in 7 Heineken cup matches for the club.
  • Luke Arscott is the only Bristol player to have scored 2 tries in this year's competition.



European History


  • Harlequins have won the European Challenge Cup a record equalling twice beating Narbonne 42-33 after extra time in 2001 and Montferrand 27-26 in 2004.
  • Both times they were captained by overseas flankers, Australian David Wilson in 2001 and South African Andre Vos in 2004.
  • This is the 6th season Harlequins have qualified for the Heineken Cup.
  • Harlequins have progressed to the quarter-final stage twice, losing at Leicester in 1997 and Toulouse in 1998.
  • Harlequins have never before met a fellow English club in the pool stage.
  • Harlequins have only won 10 matches from 33 played to date.
  • Harlequins have only won 1 of their last 9 home games in the Heineken Cup, against Bridgend in 2001/02, although they have drawn 2 matches.
  • Harlequins have played 17 times away from home in the Heineken Cup and have only won 4.They have only won 1 of their last 12, at bridgend in 2001/02.
  • Thierry Lacroix has scored the most points for Harlequins in the Heineken Cup with 91. Daren O'Leary and Jamie Williams have each scored 10 tries.
  • Jason Leonard has made most Heineken Cup appearances for Harlequins with 22.
  • The second most appearances for Harlequins is the 18 by Gareth Llewellyn who was on the replacements bench  for Bristol last Saturday.
  • No Harlequins player has ever been sent off in the Heineken Cup.
  • Bristol have played in the European Challenge Cup 7 times and the Heineken Cup only once prior to this season.
  • Bristol's captain in their first year in the European Challenge Cup in 1996/97 was former England skipper Martin Corry.
  • Their captain in the European Challenge Cups of 2000/01 and 01/02 was Argentinian captain Agustin Pichot.
  • Their best performance in the European Challenge Cup was a semi-final appearance in 2000 when they lost to eventual winners Pau.
  • The only time Bristol qualified previously for the Heineken Cup was in 2002/03 season when they finished second in their pool to Leinster.
  • Bristol beat Monferrand home and away and with the scalps of Stade Francais this season they can proudly boast they are unbeaten against French teams in the Heineken Cup.
  • Bristol have now won 5 of 9 matches played in the Heineken Cup. At home they have won 3 from 4, their only loss was to Leinster.
  • Felipe Contepomi is Bristol's leading Heineken Cup points scorer with 73 and Daryl Gibson leading tryscorer with 4.
  • The most experienced Heineken Cup players in Bristol's present squad are Dave Hilton who has played 34 times with Bath and Glasgow and Kevin Maggs who has also played 34 times with Bath and Ulster.
  • Dave Hilton and Mark Regan won Heineken Cup winners medals with Bath in 1998.
  • No Bristol player has ever been sent off in a Heineken Cup match.