Key points ahead of European Challenge Cup final

Greig Laidlaw has a chance to become Gloucester's leading point scorer in Challenge Cups
Greig Laidlaw has a chance to become Gloucester's leading point scorer in Challenge Cups
©PA

As Gloucester Rugby will be locking horns with Stade Francais in the final of the European Challenge Cup at Murrayfield Stadium on Friday, we take a look at few of the key points ahead of the encounter.

This will be the eighth Anglo-French final with English Premiership teams having an advantage of 5-2 over Top 14 teams.

The Cherry and Whites have 100% winning record in the finals of the Challenge Cup tournaments and this will be their third appearance in the decider after they emerged victorious 2006 and 2015 defeating London Irish and Edinburgh respectively.

On the other hand, Stade Francais will be searching for their first tournament final victory at Murrayfield Stadium after losing the previous two deciders in 2011 and 2013. A look at the Rugby Betting odds shows that Gloucester are narrow favourites.

Having ended up as runners up in 2011 and 2013, if Stade Francais manage to win the encounter on Friday, they will become the 15th team to have clinched the title in the tournament history.

Greig Laidlaw (184) will need 13 more points to surpass Ludovic Mercier (196), who is Gloucester's all-time leading point-scorer in Challenge Cup history.

Billy Twelvetrees has a chance to create history to become the only player to have scored a try in two Challenge Cup finals after his touchdown in 2015 that helped Gloucester win over Edinburgh.

 
 

European Rugby Challenge Cup 2016/17 - Points Tables