All You Need To Know | Munster v Exeter Chiefs
14th April 2022 By The Editor
Munster face Exeter Chiefs in a must-win Champions Cup knock-out clash at Thomond Park this weekend.
The English Premiership side hold a five-point advantage into the game having won 13-8 in the first leg at Sandy Park last Saturday.
Read the Munster team announcement here.
Find out all you need to know ahead of the game below.
Saturday, April 16, 3pm
One of our biggest crowds of the season will attend Thomond Park on Saturday afternoon with over 20,000 supporters expected. Buy match tickets from €25 for adults and €12.50 for Juniors here.
Exeter will qualify for the quarter-finals if they win, draw or lose by fewer than five points.
Munster must beat Exeter by six points or more to progress to the quarter-finals.
If Munster are leading by five points at full-time, 20 minutes (two periods of 10 minutes) of extra time will be played.
If at the end of extra time the aggregate scores are still level in a Heineken Champions Cup 2nd leg match, then the winner will be the club which has scored the most tries in both legs of the Round of 16 (including extra time).
If the teams are level on points and tries at the end of extra time, then the winners will be determined by a place kick competition as follows: Each team will be asked to nominate three goalkickers. The kickers need not be predetermined, but they must come from the players on the pitch at the final whistle.
Each kicker will have two kicks from designated positions on the 22 and 10 metre lines and after each team has completed their six kicks a winner will be declared. If the teams remain deadlocked, the competition will continue on a sudden-death basis.
Did you know?
Munster and Exeter have faced off three times in the Champions Cup and the margins could hardly be finer. The first game in the 2018/19 Pool stages was drawn 10-10 at Sandy Park with Munster winning 9-7 at Thomond Park in the second game to qualify for the knock-out stages.
Last week’s 13-8 victory for Exeter was the highest winning margin for either side over the three games but Munster will have to equal or better that five-point victory to keep their competition hopes alive.
Hear from Munster Forwards Coach Graham Rowntree and Jack O’Donoghue ahead of the game.
Munster: Mike Haley; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Simon Zebo; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Josh Wycherley, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Peter O’Mahony (C), John Hodnett, Jack O’Donoghue.
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Jason Jenkins, Thomas Ahern, Craig Casey, Ben Healy, Alex Kendellen.
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, Jannes Kirsten, Jacques Vermeulen.
Replacements: Jack Innard, Billy Keast, Patrick Schickerling, Richard Capstick, Santiago Grondona, Jack Maunder, Tom Gilbert-Hendrickson, Josh Hodge.
The game is live on BT Sport and beIN Sports.
Referee: Mathieu Raynal
Assistant referees: Thomas Charabas & Jonathan Dufort
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure
Remaining 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