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Saints hit 100 in top-flight of Europe

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

With Friday night’s game against Leinster in the third round of the European Champions Cup campaign, Saints will play their 100th game in the top-flight of European rugby.

First entering the European Champions Cup competition in 1999, Saints began their history in the competition against Neath in their pool opener that campaign and beat the Welsh side 21-12 at the Gardens.

Saints landmark games in the competition have all been wins, beginning with the club’s 25th game in the top-flight of European rugby where Saint hosted Cardiff in 2003 again beating the Welsh side, this time by 31 unanswered points.

The club’s 50th game in the European Champions Cup fell again at the Gardens; this time Saints hosted Munster in the 2009/10 season opener. In a tighter affair than the previous two landmarks, Saints managed to hang on to a win, prevailing over their guests 31-27.

Saints’ time in the European Champions Cup has seen them reach the final stage of the competition twice, once in their first season in the tournament and then again in 2011 against Friday’s opposition, Leinster.

The first final saw Saints swoop to then Heineken Cup glory in their inaugural season of top-flight European rugby, where the side beat Muster 9-8. Their following trip to the final was less successful as Saints came up against Leinster and were outmatched at the Millennium Stadium.

Saints 75th game in the European Champions Cup saw them travel to the Kingspan Stadium and face Ulster away in 2012. The game was a tense one, with Saints managing to cling on to a narrow one-point lead through an almost scoreless second half to secure the win.

European Champions Cup rugby has produced 2216 points and 59 wins for the men in black, green and gold over their 15 seasons in the competition.

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