Thursday 21 February 2019

Six-try Chiefs set up Pool 3 Thomond showdown in style

Jack Nowell. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
Jack Nowell. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Declan Rooney

Munster and Exeter face off in the final game of their Champions Cup Pool 3 tomorrow evening with both teams still in the fight for top spot in the standings.

A 34-12 win against Castres was just Exeter's second of the competition, but victory in Thomond Park will be enough for them to top the pool if they deny Munster a losing bonus point. A draw would be enough for Munster to reach the last eight as group winners.

Exeter outscored the French champions by six tries to one at Sandy Park, with Jack Nowell's effort in the second minute setting the tone for the day. They secured the bonus point after the restart when winger Tom O'Flaherty crossed, while Jonny Hill and Luke Cowan Dickie also ensured the forwards were rewarded for their efforts with a try each.

In the other game in the pool tomorrow evening, Castres play host to Gloucester, but neither team can make the knockout stages. When the sides last met Gloucester claimed a 19-14 win at Kingsholm, but to date Castres have beaten Exeter and drawn with Munster at Stade Pierre Fabre and will fancy their chances of maintaining their unbeaten home record.

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