ERCrugby.com researchers have unearthed a host of facts about Europe's favourite rugby tournament, the Heineken Cup...
Llanelli Scarlets centre Dafydd James is one try away from becoming the first player in Heineken Cup history to score 25 tournament tries. He has scored nine for Pontypridd, 10 for the Scarlets, two for Bridgend, one for the Celtic Warriors and two for NEC Harlequins.
The 13 points already secured by Sale Sharks this season are two more than they managed in the 2002-03 (two) and 2003-04 (nine) seasons put together.
The last time Bath won their first three Heineken Cup games - in the 1997-98 season - they went on to lift the trophy.
Ulster fly-half David Humphreys (494 points) needs two penalty goals against Saracens this weekend to become the fifth player to score 500 Heineken Cup points. Fellow Ireland Test star Ronan O'Gara needs 18 points against Newport Gwent Dragons to reach the 700 mark.
No club have ever won the Heineken Cup trophy after losing their first-round Pool match, which may be bad news for Munster, Benetton Treviso, Glasgow Warriors, Leeds Tykes, Rugby Calvisano, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Llanelli Scarlets, Leinster, Newport Gwent Dragons, London Wasps, Stade Francais Paris and Biarritz Olympique.
Since try and losing bonus points were introduced in the 2003-04 season, 19 points has been the magical mark to reach in the Pool rounds. The Celtic Warriors in 2003-04 are the only club to ever score 20 points and not make the quarter-finals.
No side have ever qualified for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals without winning one of their first three games, which is bad news for Newport Gwent Dragons, Rugby Calvisano, Benetton Treviso, Glasgow Warriors and 2004 champions London Wasps.
Munster No 8 Anthony Foley notched his 70th Heineken Cup appearance in Saturday's victory over Newport Gwent Dragons. Munster have played 71 Cup matches, with Foley missing only the 1997 loss at NEC Harlequins. He has now played more Heineken Cup matches than the Dragons (15), Ospreys (15), Sale Sharks (15), Saracens (15) and Leeds Tykes (nine) put together.
English and Irish clubs have made the best start to the 2005-06 season, with the six English sides scoring 58 points out of a possible 90 (64 percent) and the three Irish provinces scoring 29 out of 45 (64 percent). The seven French clubs have 56 from a possible 105 (53 percent), while Wales are 23 from 60 (38 percent) and Scotland seven from 30 (23 percent). Italy have failed to score a point from a possible 30.
The oldest man in the tournament made his mark on Saturday when 36-year-old Stade Francais fly-half Alain Penaud dropped a long-range goal to help his side to a 16-12 win at ASM Clermont Auvergne. Penaud captained Brive from fly-half in their Cup final win against Leicester in 1997, and was fullback when they lost by one point to Bath in the 1998 final.
Cardiff Blues' 25-10 win at Calvisano on Saturday was their first away win in the Heineken Cup for 1,906 days. Their previous victory away from the Arms Park was a 32-23 result at Saracens on October 21, 2000.