Now 37, O'Gara was only 20 when he made his European debut on Round 1 of the third tournament on Saturday, 7 September, 1997. He is the sole survivor from that game 14 years ago.
Dateline: 7 September, 1997
Stage: Pool D, Round 1
NEC Harlequins 48 Munster 40
HT: 30-10 Att: 3,682
NEC Harlequins: J Williams; D O'Leary, W Carling, J Ngauamo, L Belligoi; T Lacroix (R Liley 13), N Walshe (H Harries 50); M Cuttitta, K Wood (capt, T Billups 38), J Leonard, Glyn Llewellyn, Gareth Llewellyn (R Jenkins 52), G Allison, L Cabannes, B Davison
Scorers: Tries: J Williams 2, N Walshe, L Belligoi, H Harries, R Liley; Cons: R Liley 2, W Carling; Pens: T Lacroix 2, R Liley 2
Munster: D Crotty; J Lacey, C Burke, R Ellison (S McCahill 21), A Horgan; R O'Gara, B O'Meara (S McIvor 74); I Murray (A McSweeney 62), M McDermott, P Clohessy, M Galwey (capt), S Leahy (U O'Callaghan 76), G Tuohy, A Quinlan, E Halvey
Scorers: Tries: A Horgan, A Quinlan, C Burke, M Galwey, J Lacey; Cons: R O'Gara 3; Pens: R O'Gara 3
Yellow Card: M Galwey 38
Referee: Patric Thomas (France)
Having started with 15 points, O'Gara has since increased his tally to a record breaking 1,342 points and has topped the Heineken Cup points charts twice (1999/00 and2001/02), in and been Munster's leading scorer in their last 12 campaigns. He has 44 points from four appearances this season, but has reached three figures in no fewer than seven seasons.
Leading the points scorers to date in this season's competition, though, is ASM Clermont Auvergne and France scrum half Morgan Parra. He has notched 90 points in six Pool outings at an average of 15 per game. Now he needs one more point to reach 200 in the Heineken Cup.
Hot on Parra's heels is Saracens' England outside half, Owen Farrell, who has already overtaken Glenn Jackson as the London club's leading points score in the tournament. His 75 points this season took him through the 200 barrier and past Jackson's record of 197.
The Harlequins duo of Nick Evans (61 points) and Ben Botica (57 points) and Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson (52) are the only other players in this season's top 10 scorers to feature in the quarter-finals.
On the try front, Clermont three-quarters Napolioni Nalaga and Wesley Fofana will be seeking to add to their Pool tallies of five and four tries respectively, while Harelquins scrum half Danny Care and Munster wing Simon Zebo have both scored four.
|1||Morgan Parra||ASM Clermont Auvergne||6||90|
|3||Dan Parks||Connacht Rugby||5||68|
|4=||Leigh Halfpenny||Cardiff Blues||4||63|
|4=||Gareth Steenson||Exeter Chiefs||6||63|
|7||Jonathan Sexton||Leinster Rugby||6||62|
2012/13 Heineken Cup Leading Try Scorers
|1=||Alex Cuthbert||Cardiff Blues||6||5|
|1=||Napolioni Nalaga||ASM Clermont Auvergne||6||5|
|3=||Juan Imhoff||Racing Metro 92||4||4|
|3=||Wesley Fofana||ASM Clermont Auvergne||5||4|
|3=||George Pisi||Northampton Saints||6||4|
|3=||Simon Zebo||Munster Rugby||6||4|