2016 European Rugby Champions Cup Final

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2016 European Rugby Champions Cup Final
Event2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup
Date14 May 2016
VenueGrand Stade de Lyon, Lyon
Man of the MatchMaro Itoje
RefereeNigel Owens (WRU)

The 2016 European Rugby Champions Cup Final was the final match in the 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup, and the twenty-first European club rugby final in general. It was contested by French side Racing 92, and Saracens of England, at the Grand Stade de Lyon, in the Lyon suburb of Décines, France, on Saturday 14 May 2016.

Saracens defeated Racing 92 by 21 points to 9. This was Saracens first European Cup win, making them the first new champions since Toulon, whose first victory in what was then known as the Heineken Cup came in 2013.[1]


Prior to the draw for the 2015–16 tournament, it was announced that Lyon would host the 2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals at the newly built Grand Stade de Lyon, while the 2017 finals would be held at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland.[2] Two weeks before the match, Nigel Owens was chosen to referee the final.[3] This was Racing's first European Cup final, while Saracens were previously defeated by Toulon in the 2014 Heineken Cup Final.[4][5] The two teams last met in the tournament the previous season, Saracens having defeated Racing at the quarter-final stage with a last-minute penalty kick.[6]

Route to the final[edit]

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

France Racing 92 Round England Saracens
Opponent Result Pool stage Opponent Result
Scotland Glasgow Warriors[a] 34–10 (H) Matchday 1 France Toulouse 32–7 (H)
Wales Scarlets 29–12 (A) Matchday 2 Ireland Ulster 27–9 (A)
England Northampton Saints 33–3 (H) Matchday 3 France Oyonnax 45–10 (A)
England Northampton Saints 9–9 (A) Matchday 4 France Oyonnax 55–13 (H)
Wales Scarlets 64–14 (H) Matchday 5 Ireland Ulster 33–17 (H)
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 5–22 (A) Matchday 6 France Toulouse 28–17 (A)
Pool 3 winner
Team P Pts
France Racing 92 6 22
England Northampton Saints 6 19
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 14
Wales Scarlets 6 2
Final standings Pool 1 winner
Team P Pts
England Saracens 6 28
Ireland Ulster 6 18
France Oyonnax 6 7
France Toulouse 6 5
Opponent Result Knock-out stage Opponent Result
France Toulon 19–16 (H) Quarter-finals England Northampton Saints 29–20 (H)
England Leicester Tigers 19–16 (A) Semi-finals England Wasps 24–17 (H)

Racing 92[edit]

In the pool stages, fifth-seeds Racing 92 topped Pool 3, winning four of six games. Their first match with Glasgow Warriors was postponed for two months due to the November 2015 Paris attacks, but they went on to win their first two fixtures. After drawing 9-9 with Northampton Saints and winning the postponed match 34-10, Racing inflicted a heavy 64-14 away defeat on the Scarlets. Racing lost their final match 22-5 away at against the Warriors, which was relocated from Scotstoun Stadium to Rugby Park due to heavy rainfall.

On April 10 in the quarter-finals, Racing hosted Toulon at Stade Yves-du-Manoir and narrowly won by 19-16. Two weeks later, they won in the semi-finals by the same scoreline Leicester Tigers at City Ground in Nottingham, England.


Seeded first, Saracens won Pool 1 after winning all six of their matches. In the quarter-finals, they won 29-20 against the Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on 9 April, with tries from Chris Ashton and Chris Wyles. Both were converted by Owen Farrell, who also scored all five of their penalties. Two weeks later, they won their semi-final 24-17 against Wasps at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, England.



The game was played mostly during a heavy rain storm, and featured no tries. Racing 92's scrum-half Maxime Machenaud missed an early penalty kick, allowing Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell to score first, hitting a drop goal from close range to give the Saracens a 3–0 lead. After winning a scrum deep in the Saracens half, Racing's outside-centre Johan Goosen drew the score level 3–3 at 17 minutes. Machenaud was removed from play under concussion regulations on 22 minutes.[7] Farrell scored on a two successive penalties to make the score 9–3 in Saracens' favour. Just before the end of the half, Goosen and Farrell traded penalties to make the score 12–6.[8]

Racing's fly-half, Dan Carter was substituted shortly after half-time, having aggravated his leg injury.[9] Farrell scored another penalty early in the second half to extend the lead to 15–6. As Racing became more aggressive following the 60 minute mark, Goosen scored his third penalty of the game to bring the score to 15–9. Farrell would preserve the lead for Saracens, by scoring two more penalties; once in the 76th minute, and once in the 79th minute for a final score of 21–9 in favour of Saracens.[10]

Maro Itoje was named Man of The Match.[11] Saracens became the first team to win the competition by winning all their matches.[10]


14 May 2016
Racing 92 France 9–21 England Saracens
Pen: Goosen (3/3) 18', 36', 58'
Report[11] Pen: Farrell (7/7) 10', 25', 32', 39', 51', 76', 79'
Grand Stade de Lyon, Lyon
Attendance: 58,017
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
FB 15 France Brice Dulin
RW 14 New Zealand Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 South Africa Johan Goosen
IC 12 France Alexandre Dumoulin Substituted off 57'
LW 11 Argentina Juan Imhoff
FH 10 New Zealand Dan Carter Substituted off 42'
SH 9 France Maxime Machenaud Substituted off 22'
N8 8 New Zealand Chris Masoe
OF 7 South Africa Bernard Le Roux Substituted off 77'
BF 6 France Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 South Africa François van der Merwe Substituted off 66'
LL 4 Wales Luke Charteris
TP 3 New Zealand Ben Tameifuna Substituted off 68'
HK 2 France Dimitri Szarzewski (c) Substituted off 66'
LP 1 France Eddy Ben Arous Substituted off 76'
HK 16 France Virgile Lacombe Substituted in 66'
PR 17 France Khatchik Vartanov Substituted in 76'
PR 18 France Luc Ducalcon Substituted in 68'
LK 19 Argentina Manuel Carizza Substituted in 66'
N8 20 South Africa Antonie Claassen Substituted in 77'
SH 21 Wales Mike Phillips Substituted in 22'
FH 22 France Rémi Tales Substituted in 42'
CE 23 France Henry Chavancy Substituted in 57'
France Laurent Labit & Laurent Travers
FB 15 England Alex Goode
RW 14 England Chris Ashton
OC 13 Scotland Duncan Taylor Substituted off 77'
IC 12 England Brad Barritt (c)
LW 11 United States Chris Wyles
FH 10 England Owen Farrell Substituted off 80'
SH 9 England Richard Wigglesworth Substituted off 80'
N8 8 England Billy Vunipola
OF 7 England Will Fraser
BF 6 South Africa Michael Rhodes Substituted off 55'
RL 5 England George Kruis
LL 4 England Maro Itoje Substituted off 80'
TP 3 South Africa Petrus du Plessis Substituted off 68'
HK 2 South Africa Schalk Brits Substituted off 52'
LP 1 England Mako Vunipola Substituted off 77'
HK 16 England Jamie George Substituted in 52'
PR 17 England Richard Barrington Substituted in 77'
PR 18 Argentina Juan Figallo Substituted in 68'
LK 19 Scotland Jim Hamilton Substituted in 80'
FL 20 England Jackson Wray Substituted in 55'
SH 21 England Ben Spencer Substituted in 80'
FH 22 England Charlie Hodgson Substituted in 80'
CE 23 Argentina Marcelo Bosch Substituted in 77'
Ireland Mark McCall South Africa Brendan Venter

Man of the Match:
England Maro Itoje (Saracens)

Touch judges:
Ireland George Clancy (Ireland)
Wales Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Television match official:
Ireland Simon McDowell (Ireland)


  1. ^ Due to the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on 13 November 2015, the Round 1 match between Racing 92 v Glasgow Warriors was postponed from 14 November 2015 to 9 January 2016.


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