Harlequins 2024 Investec Champions Cup

Champions Cup: Clubs with most tries

Here we are going to take a look at the five teams that have scored the most tries so far in the Investec Champions Cup – and three of them remain in this season’s competition.

The 2023/24 Investec Champions Cup has been a tournament that has certainly not lacked quality and enthralling matches. With the Quarter Finals now over, and with the semi-finals rapidly approaching we will soon know which two teams will be going toe to toe for glory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 25th May 2024.

The Semi-Finals will take place from Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th May 2024.

As a result of this plethora of fantastic matches, there have been plenty of tries, penalties, and conversions scored by teams throughout this season’s competition, and here we will take a look through the five remaining clubs who have scored the most tries in the tournament to date, but before that let’s take a look back at the clubs who have converted the most tries in a single match.

This record is held by one of the current semi-finalists – Stade Toulousain. Back in the 1998/99 edition of the Champions Cup, they were able to score an incredible 16 tries in a single game against Ebbw Vale in what was a truly emphatic 108 – 16 victory for the French side.

Llanelli follows close behind with 15 tries in a 93 – 14 win against Amatori & Calvisano on Saturday 3rd November 2001. The Leicester Tigers are third on this list with 14 tries, which were scored in a 1997/98 Champions Cup triumph over Glasgow in what was a 90 – 19 win for the English outfit that day.

Let’s now move on to the five clubs that have scored the most tries throughout the games so far at the current Investec Champions Cup for the 2023/24 season. We start with the Vodacom Bulls.

5th – Vodacom Bulls (28 Tries)

First up on this list is the Vodacom Bulls, who in their time in this season’s Champions Cup scored no less than 28 tries. They were knocked out of the 2023/24 competition in the Quarter Final stage after being defeated 59 – 22 by Northampton Saints at the Cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens. We will move on to the Saints later on in this list.

Back to the Vodacom Bulls, their opening game of the Champions Cup saw them beat Saracens whilst scoring 3 tries that day. The game in which they scored the most tries of any of the games that they played was in their emphatic 59 – 19 victory against Lyon, where their 9 tries were scored by Sebastian de Klerk (2), Embrose Papier (2), Marcell Coetzee, Ruan Vermaak, Willie Le Roux, David Kriel, and Chris Smith.

Their other victories came against the Bristol Bears (31 – 17), where they scored 4 tries, and also against Union Bordeaux-Begles (46 – 40), where the Bulls were able to score a total of 6 tries.

4th – Northampton Saints (31 Tries)

The Northampton Saints are the first club that is still in the 2023/24 Champions Cup competition to appear on this list – they have so far scored 31 tries over the course of the tournament to date. To get to the semi-final stage, they were victorious in emphatic fashion against the aforementioned Vodacom Bulls in the Quarter Finals – beating the South African outfit 59 – 22.

Their very first victory came in the first round of action in Pool 3 against the Glasgow Warriors at the Scotstoun Stadium on Friday 8th December 2023, where the Saints were 19 – 28 winners. They scored 3 tries courtesy of Courtney Lawes and Tommy Freeman (2).

The game in which the Northampton Saints have scored the most tries in to date was in their emphatic and ruthless 61 – 14 victory against French outfit Aviron Bayonnais at the Cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens. The tries that day for the Saints were scored by Tommy Freeman, Tom Pearson (3), Courtney Lawes, Curtis Langdon, Alex Waller (2), and Tom James.

The Saints’ other victories so far have come against RC Toulon (22 – 19), Munster Rugby (23 – 26 & 24 – 14) and the Vodacom Bulls (59 – 22).

3rd – Harlequins (32 Tries)

Harlequins are another club that remains in the competition after managing to secure qualification for the 2023/24 Investec Champions Cup Semi-Finals after a narrow, tense, competitive, and enthralling 41 – 42 victory against Union Bordeaux-Begles in what was a surprise victory for the English side.

It was in the opening game in Pool 2 that the Harlequins got their opening win of the tournament, beating Racing 92 28 – 31 at the Paris La Defense Arena on Sunday 10th December 2023. Their 5 tries that day came from Will Porter (2), Will Evans, Alex Dombrandt, and Tyrone Green.

On Saturday 13th January 2024, Harlequins managed to emerge with what is their most emphatic victory yet in this competition – they were 15 – 54 winners against Cardiff Rugby at Cardiff Arms Park. 8 tries were scored that day – their most in the 2023/24 Champions Cup so far, and they came courtesy of Jack Walker, Andre Esterhuizen, Will Evans, Oscar Beard, Marcus Smith, Dillon Lewis, Fin Baxter and Tyrone Green.

The other victories enjoyed by the Northampton Saints so far have come against Ulster (47 – 19) and the Glasgow Warriors, who they beat 28 – 24 at Twickenham in the Round of 16 on Friday 5th April 2024.

2nd – Union Bordeaux-Begles (38 Tries)

Whilst Union Bordeaux-Begles are no longer in the 2023/24 Investec Champions Cup, they still remain in second place for teams with the most tries in the tournament this year so far with no less than 38. The French side were officially knocked out by Harlequins after they were on the wrong end of a 41 – 42 score line at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in the Quarter Final.

Their opening win of the tournament was against Connacht Rugby at the Dexcom Stadium winning by a ruthless margin of 5 – 41 back in December 2023. Romain Buros (2), Damian Penaud, and Pablo Uberti (2) all scored tries for the visitors that day.

They scored 5 tries on the opening day, but the game that they scored the most tries in was against Saracens – handing them their record European defeat (55 – 15) whilst scoring 9 tries in total, and they were scored by Louis Bielle-Biarrey (2), Romain Buros, Maxime Lamothe, Damian Penaud (2), Nicolas Depoortere, Matthieu Jalibert, and Pablo Uberti.

Union Bordeaux-Begles’ other victories came against the Bristol Bears (36 – 17) and Saracens again (45 – 12).

1st – Stade Toulousain (40 Tries)

Finally, we move on to the final entry on this list, and it is Stade Toulousain who not only remains in the 2023/24 Investec Champions Cup at the Semi-Final stage, but they have also scored the most tries in this tournament so far with no less than 40 to date. They were 64 – 26 victors against the Exeter Chiefs at the Stade Ernest Wallon in the Quarter Final in order to reach the final four.

Cardiff Rugby were their opening opponent this year, and they were comfortably beaten 52 – 7 by Toulouse on Saturday 9th December 2023. 7 tries were scored that day, and they came courtesy of Matthis Lebel, Richie Arnold, Blair Kinghorn (2), Anthony Jelonch, Arthur Retiere, and Alban Placines.

It was actually in the aforementioned 64 – 26 win against the Exeter Chiefs in the Quarter Final where Stade Toulousain scored the most tries that they have in any game in this tournament as of the time of writing with no less than 9 overall. They were scored thanks to Romain Ntamack, Jack Willis, Blair Kinghorn (2), Pita Ahki (2), Antoine Dupont, and Juan Cruz Mallia (2).

Stade Toulousain’s other wins so far have come against Harlequins (19 – 47), Ulster Rugby (24 – 48), Bath Rugby (31 – 19) and then Racing 92 again (31 – 7).

The semi-finals are set to take place from Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th May 2024.

Excitement and anticipation are now building for the 2023/24 Investec Champions Cup Final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 25th May, with this showpiece occasion getting underway at 14:45 that afternoon.

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