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Two-time European Cup winners Munster Rugby will be looking for a strong start when they head to Sandy Park on Saturday to face Exeter Chiefs in a Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 clash, live on BT Sport from 15:15 BST.
- Munster Rugby are the only Irish club Exeter have yet to face in Europe having played Leinster and Ulster in the top flight, as well as Connacht in the Challenge Cup.
- Munster are unbeaten in their opening game in each of their last four campaigns (W3, 01), with two of those four matches in that run coming away from home.
- Two-time champions Munster have lost just one of their last nine pool stage matches in the competition (W7, 01),that defeat coming in Round 5 last season against eventual runners-up Racing 92.
- Munster’s CJ Stander was the only player to make over 100 tackles (119) and 100 carries (126) last season.
- Former Scarlets player Tadhg Beirne won 18 turnovers last season, seven more than any other player.
Rob Baxter is aware of the history that @Munsterrugby bring to the Heineken #ChampionsCup as @ExeterChiefs prepare to face them in Round 1 👊
While @OllyWoodburn can't wait to get stuck in 💪
How will the Chiefs get on against last year's semi-finalists? pic.twitter.com/KWFzqKMICC
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) October 10, 2018
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Exeter Chiefs and Munster Rugby’s Pool 2 match finished in a stalemate, after a thrilling contest between the two sides at Sandy Park.
It was a frantic 80 minutes in Devon with very little between the teams, with fly-halves Gareth Steenson and Joey Carbery trading penalities early on in the first-half.
Munster were relentless in their attack but struggled to get through Exeter’s resolute defence and it was the Chiefs who struck the first blow.
Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie drived over just before half-time with Steenson adding the extras and the West Country side went into the break leading 10-3.
The Irish province started well in the second 40 minutes but could not find the final pass and scrum-half Duncan Williams denied Exeter a second after a fantastic try-saving tackle with 20 minutes remaining.
Munster’s pressure finally paid off with number 8 CJ Stander powering over the line from five metres out and with Carbery’s conversion, levelled the scores.
There were 345 tackles made during the game and Munster’s lock Tadgh Beirne was named Heineken Man of the Match for his impressive defensive performance.
Exeter travel to Castres Olympique next Saturday, while Munster host Gloucester Rugby and both games will be televised live by BT Sport at 13:00 (BST).
FT: Exeter 10-10 Munster
Munster come from behind to claim two precious points on the road. pic.twitter.com/XryNXAvT6t
— Watch #ShoulderToShoulder on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 13, 2018
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