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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Castres face Perpignan as both Exeter and Gloucester get wins

Gloucester's Danny Cipriani. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Gloucester's Danny Cipriani. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

In two weekends' time, last season's shock Top 14 winners Castres come to Thomond Park for the first game of their Heineken Champions Cup double-header, and they will be keen to keep their recent good form ahead of that game.

Castres have won five of their nine Top 14 games this season and sit just outside the play-off positions, but they are till right in the hunt for Pool 2 honours and this weekend they face a trip to basement side Perpignan following a three-week break from Top 14 action.

Unlike the Guinness PRO14, the English Premiership returned to action last weekend where both of Munster's other pool rivals picked up wins.

Munster face Gloucester at Kingsholm on Friday, January 11 and as they suggested in Thomond Park they are a forced to be reckoned with.

Last weekend they defeated Leicester Tigers 36-13 at Kingsholm in a five-try victory, with Danny Cipriani starring on his return from suspension.

Munster's final pool game is against Exeter Chiefs at Thomond Park on Saturday, January 19 and they showed their pedigree with a 31-29 away win to Pat Lam's Bristol thanks to an 82nd-minute penalty try.

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