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Exeter Chiefs have a formidable home record in the Heineken Champions Cup that Glasgow Warriors will be looking to counter when they meet on Saturday.
Chiefs have won nine of their last 10 home games in the competition, losing the other, and scored more than 30 points in eight of those matches.
The Pool A tie kicks off at Sandy Park at 5.30pm and will be televised live on BT Sport and beIN Sports.
Other key facts:
- This will be the ninth encounter between Exeter and Glasgow in the Heineken Champions Cup.
- The Chiefs have won their last three home games against the Warriors, including a 42-0 victory in the pool stage last season.
- Glasgow have won only three of their 25 away games against Premiership opposition in the Heineken Champions Cup (L22), although each of those three victories came in January, including one against Exeter in 2014, when they triumphed 15-10.
- Just two players have made more than 25 carries in the Heineken Champions Cup this season, Glasgow duo Jack Dempsey (31) and Josh McKay (25).
- The top tackler in the competition is Exeter’s former Glasgow lock, Jonny Gray, who has made 34 after two rounds.
- Exeter fly-half Joe Simmonds has slotted each of his seven kicks at goal in the Heineken Champions Cup this season. No other player has attempted more than three place kicks without missing at least once.
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Exeter Chiefs produced a scintillating second-half display as they thrashed Glasgow Warriors 52-17 in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday
The Pool A encounter was finely balanced after the first period, but Chiefs ran riot after the break with Tom O’Flaherty completing his hat-trick to help the hosts rack up eight tries at Sandy Park.
Glasgow opened the scoring through a Ross Thompson penalty on seven minutes – the fly-half kicked 15 points when the two sides met at Scotstoun Stadium in Round 2.
But unlike on that occasion, Exeter enjoyed much more control over the opening stages and made their pressure count when a lovely link-up between Joe Simmonds and Henry Slade released Tom O’Flaherty on the wing, who crossed for the game’s opening try.
And the 2020 European champions continued their promising start, with No.8 Sam Simmonds peeling off a maul to score their second try of the evening.
Glasgow began causing some problems for Exeter as the half wore on and managed to grab a try as lock Kiran McDonald sneaked over from close range on 31 minutes, Thomspon’s conversion reducing the deficit to four points.
Exeter carried that slender advantage into the second half, but they soon fell behind as Glasgow repeatedly breached the gain line with a series of attacking phases before flanker Matt Fagerson hit a flat ball to crash over.
What a performance, @ExeterChiefs! 👏
Eight tries in total, three for Tom O'Flaherty.
Back to their best! 💪#HeinekenChampionsCup pic.twitter.com/WfX4PHRkoX
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) January 15, 2022
Chiefs wrestled back control though as Sam Simmonds barged over from close range for his second score of the evening.
And the home side would cross for two more tries in five minutes in a damaging period for Glasgow, with O’Flaherty dotting down after Joe Simmonds’ perfectly weighted cross field kick, before captain Luke Cowan-Dickie went over following another powerful maul.
O’Flaherty then completed his hat-trick with his best score of the evening, holding off three Glasgow defenders to finish brilliantly in the corner on 65 minutes.
Further tries would follow in the final 10 minutes as Exeter began running riot, winger Jack Nowell first diving over before flanker Dave Ewers crossed for an eighth to round off the scoring.
Exeter face a trip to Montpellier Hérault Rugby in Round 4 next weekend while Glasgow host Stade Rochelais.
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