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Exeter Chiefs v Montpellier

Wednesday 10th January 2018

11:32 am (GMT)

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Exeter Chiefs host Montpellier at Sandy Park on Saturday

Exeter Chiefs host Montpellier at Sandy Park on Saturday

Exeter Chiefs host Montpellier at Sandy Park on Saturday, with both sides chasing Champions Cup Pool 3 leaders Leinster Rugby, live on BT Sport. The clubs have met just once in the Champions Cup, Exeter’s three-point victory in Round 2 was the first time Montpellier had lost at home since they were defeated by Bath in Round 3 during the 2014/15 season.

· Overall, Exeter and Montpellier have met three times previously in Europe, having faced each other in the Challenge Cup twice. All three matches have seen the defeated side on the day come away with a losing bonus point. (Montpellier W2, Exeter W1).

· Montpellier have won each of their last two games, although they’ve not won more consecutive matches in the competition since a run of five wins in a row during the 2012/13 pool stage.

· Sam Simmonds has made more tackles (46) than any other player who is yet to miss one this season.

· Montpellier are one of just two clubs with a 100% scrum success rate after four rounds (Harlequins are the other).

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Exeter Chiefs 41 Montpellier 10

Saturday 13th January 2018

5:44 pm (GMT)

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Exeter Chiefs breathed life in their Champions Cup campaign with a dominant 41-10 win over Montpellier at Sandy Park

Exeter Chiefs breathed life in their Champions Cup campaign with a dominant 41-10 win over Montpellier at Sandy Park

Exeter Chiefs breathed life in their Champions Cup campaign with a dominant 41-10 win over Montpellier at Sandy Park, leapfrogging their opponents in Pool 3 at the same time.

  • It took 27 minutes for the first points of the afternoon, when Dave Ewers powered over the try line to give Exeter a seven point lead at the interval after Gareth Steenson's conversion
  • Montpellier enjoyed plenty of possession early in the second half, and closed the gap with a penalty kick from Aaron Cruden, but were further behind minutes later when Sam Simmonds was able to jump over the Montpellier defence and score a crucial try.
  • Heineken Man of the Match Olly Woodburn then acrobatically scored a pair of brilliant tries, giving the Sandy Park side a 23-point cushion after 65 minutes.
  • Nic White and Don Armand added further tries for Exeter, who secured a try bonus-point in the process meaning Nemani Nadolo's 77th minute try was nothing more than a consolation. 
  • Exeter Chiefs travel to face Glasgow Warriors in Round 6, while Montpellier host Leinster Rugby at Altrad Stadium.

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