With the pool draw for the 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup completed, we’re looking back at the previous European meetings between opposing sides. Next up, we examine the previous European Cup clashes between Stade Rochelais and Ulster Rugby, who face off in Pool B next season.
2017/2018 pool stage: Stade Rochelais 41 Ulster Rugby 17
La Rochelle maintained their dominant start to their first ever Champions Cup campaign with a bonus-point victory over Ulster at Stade Marcel Deflandre.
The hosts led 13-10 at half-time, with Jeremy Senzelle scoring their try and Christian Lealiifano replying in kind.
La Rochelle ran riot in the second period, as Victor Vito, Kevin Gourdon, Pierre Aguillon and Jason Eaton all went over, while Ulster added a late consolation try from Tommy Bowe.
Having amassed 10 points from 10 in their opening two matches, La Rochelle went on to top the pool before losing to Scarlets in the quarter-finals.
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2017/2018 pool stage: Ulster Rugby 20 Stade Rochelais 13
Ulster gained revenge over their French opponents with a solid display at a raucous Kingspan Stadium.
Tries from Rory Best, Jacob Stockdale and Nick Timoney proved the difference as Ulster kept their knockout qualification hopes alive.
Alexis Bales scored all of La Rochelle’s points in a losing cause.
Both sides finished the pool stage with four wins and two defeats, but La Rochelle’s three extra bonus points earned them top spot, with Ulster ending up third.