Ahead of the 2022/23 EPCR Challenge Cup, we’re checking out some of the current records for the competition. Today, we turn our attention to the records set by teams in finals.
Most team points: Wasps (48)
Wasps came out on top in an all-English final thriller against Bath Rugby at Madejski Stadium in 2003, winning 48-30 and setting a long-standing Challenge Cup record in the process.
Most team tries: Colomiers (7)
No team has matched Colomiers’ effort of seven tries in the 1998 final – they breezed to a 43-5 victory over Agen at Les Sep Deniers in Toulouse.
Biggest margin of victory: Colomiers (38)
And that comfortable win remains the widest margin of victory in the Challenge Cup’s showpiece game.
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Most drop goals by a team: Stade Français Paris (2)
Stade Français were edged out by Harlequins in 2011, but they set one of the more obscure Challenge Cup final records in the process, slotting two drop-goals – through Mathieu Bastareaud and Martin Rodriguez – a feat no other team has managed.
Most titles: ASM Clermont Auvergne, Harlequins (3)
Two clubs have lifted the trophy on three occasions, with Clermont triumphing in 1999, 2007 and 2019, while Quins were victorious in 2001, 2004 and 2011.
Most appearances: Bath Rugby, Harlequins, Gloucester Rugby, ASM Clermont Auvergne, RC Toulon (4)
Five teams have made four Challenge Cup finals – Bath, Harlequins, Gloucester, Clermont and Toulon, with the latter club’s defeat to Lyon last season their fourth failure in the crucial game.