All You Need To Know | Exeter Chiefs v Munster
8th April 2022 By The Editor
Munster face Exeter Chiefs on Saturday evening at Sandy Park in the first-ever weekend of Champions Cup two-legged knock-out fixtures.
Read the Munster team announcement here.
Progress to the quarter-finals will be decided by aggregate scores over two legs. The tie will be completed in the second leg at Thomond Park on Saturday week with a 3pm kick-off and tickets available here.
Find out all you need to know ahead of the game below.
The MRSC have compiled a guide for travelling supporters that you can read here.
Saturday, April 9, at 5.30pm
Live on BT Sport and beIN Sports.
Did you know?
Peter O’Mahony has won the most lineouts in the Champions Cup so far this season with 31, including a tournament high six steals.
Exeter Chiefs: Stuart Hogg; Olly Woodburn, Henry Slade, Ian Whitten, Tom O’Flaherty; Joe Simmonds, Sam Maunder; Alec Hepburn, Jack Yeandle (C), Harry Williams; Jonny Gray, Sam Skinner; Dave Ewers, Jacques Vermeulen, Sam Simmonds.
Replacements: Jack Innard, Ben Moon, Patrick Schickerling, Jannes Kirsten, Richard Capstick, Jack Maunder, Harvey Skinner, Josh Hodge.
Munster: Mike Haley; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Simon Zebo; Ben Healy, Conor Murray; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (C), John Hodnett, Alex Kendellen.
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Josh Wycherley, John Ryan, Jason Jenkins, Thomas Ahern, Craig Casey, Rory Scannell, Jack O’Sullivan.
This will be Munster’s second visit to Sandy Park in the Champions Cup with the sides playing out a 10-all draw in Exeter when they first met in the competition back in 2018.
The return fixture at Thomond Park was another extremely tight affair with Munster squeezing through on a 9-7 scoreline to secure a quarter-final place.
Exeter won the Champions Cup in 2020, beating Racing 92 31-27 in the final with Simon Zebo scoring two tries for Racing in the decider.
Coached by Rob Baxter since 2009, Exeter are hitting their best form at just the right time of the season with a comeback 42-22 victory over Bath at the weekend lifting them to fourth in the Premiership table.
Munster won four out of four in the Pool stages with home and away victories over Wasps and Castres Olympique. Exeter recorded two big home wins over Montpellier and Glasgow Warriors but were beaten in both away fixtures.
The sides met in a pre-season friendly at Sandy Park last September with Munster edging an entertaining encounter to win 31-19, watch the tries below.
Hear from Senior Coach Stephen Larkham and captain Peter O’Mahony ahead of the game.
Referee: Pierre Brousset
Assistant referees: Luc Ramos & Flavien Hourquet
TMO: Denis Grenouillet
Upcoming Home Games
Saturday, April 16
Champions Cup Round of 16: Munster v Exeter Chiefs, Thomond Park, 3pm; Buy tickets here
Friday, April 29
URC: Munster v Cardiff Rugby, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here