Racing 92’s Kurtley Beale has enjoyed a stellar start to his Heineken Champions Cup campaign and leads the way in metres gained for the Parisians, racking up 246 in his first two matches against Connacht Rugby and Harlequins. We look at his progress as well as the rest of the top four below.
Kurtley Beale (Racing 92) – 246
The versatile Wallabies star has set alight the competition so far, gaining 55 more metres than any other player in his opening two European games, scoring a try against Connacht in Round 1 in the process. He also was a replacement in Racing’s narrow defeat to Exeter Chiefs in last season’s Heineken Champions Cup final.
Max Malins (Bristol Bears) – 191
Max Malins has certainly made an impact with the Bristol Bears, helping them to a first European title in the Challenge Cup last season and has started this campaign just as well. He has racked up 191 metres, and grabbed a try in his side’s Round 1 defeat to ASM Clermont Auvergne. They will be looking to make it back-to-back wins over Connacht Rugby in Round 3 at Ashton Gate later this month.
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Mike Haley (Munster Rugby) – 178
English-born but now an Irish international, Mike Haley has enjoyed a superb period of form under Johann van Graan at Munster Rugby, with the full-back featuring heavily in their last two European campaigns and claiming a Heineken Man of the Match award in the process. This season, he has already tallied 178 metres in two matches against Harlequins and ASM Clermont Auvergne, scoring a try in the thrilling away win against the latter.
Piers O’Conor (Bristol Bears) – 169
Another star of last season’s successful Challenge Cup-winning outfit, Piers O’Conor rounds off the top four with 169 metres gained already in this campaign. His maiden Heineken Champions Cup campaign has got off to an excellent start, with a try as well as a Heineken Man of the Match award against Connacht Rugby in his side’s win in Galway.