Wednesday 23 October 2019

Munster fail to capitalise on Exeter's surprise triumph

Jason Woodward
Jason Woodward

John Fallon

Exeter Chiefs ensured that Pool 2 of the Champions Cup will go down to the wire after securing their first win of the campaign when they won 29-17 at Gloucester.

Gloucester, who host Munster in the next round, were expected to copper-fasten their position against Rob Baxter's side.

But they found themselves 14-5 adrift at the end of the opening half as Sam Skinner and Dan Armand got in for tries for the visitors at Kingsholm.

Jason Woodward replied for Gloucester and while he got a second try after 64 minutes they never really looked like repeating their win over the Chiefs at Sandy Park the previous week.

The win for Exeter was achieved when Jack Yeandle and Harry Williams got over to secure the bonus point with efforts in the final seven minutes.

Munster's failure to make the most of this surprise result means that Johann van Graan's men have just three points to spare at the top of Pool 2.

Munster are on 12 points, Castres are next on nine, with Exeter having eight points, the same as Gloucester side who will probably feel they should have had more.

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